People flee clashes near the Aden international airport in Aden, Yemen, on March 25, 2015. The Shiite Houthi group took control over Aden international airport after the retreat of tribal militia on Wednesday evening, a security official told Xinhua. (Xinhua)
People flee clashes near the Aden international airport in Aden, Yemen, on March 25, 2015. The Shiite Houthi group took control over Aden international airport after the retreat of tribal militia on Wednesday evening, a security official told Xinhua. (Xinhua)

The Saudi-led coalition forces dispatched its first special unit of ground troops to Yemen’s southern port city of Aden on Sunday morning, a Yemeni government official told Xinhua.

People flee clashes near the Aden international airport in Aden, Yemen, on March 25, 2015. The Shiite Houthi group took control over Aden international airport after the retreat of tribal militia on Wednesday evening, a security official told Xinhua. (Xinhua)
People flee clashes near the Aden international airport in Aden, Yemen, on March 25, 2015. The Shiite Houthi group took control over Aden international airport after the retreat of tribal militia on Wednesday evening, a security official told Xinhua. (Xinhua)

“The first Saudi-led coalition troops arrived in Aden and have engaged in the fighting alongside with tribal militia allied with Yemen’s President Abdu-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in Aden’s neighborhood of KhorMaksar,” the senior government official based in Aden said on condition of anonymity.
“They are fighting with pro-Hadi militia against the Shiite Houthi gunmen near Aden’s international airport at the moment,” the government source said.
The number of that Saudi-led ground forces are about 40 to 50, a spokesman of the tribal militia told Xinhua. The soldiers were wearing Yemeni clothes, not army uniforms, witnesses said.
The Houthi group launched attacks against Hadi in late March and forced the embattled president to flee to Saudi Arabia on March 26.
The coalition forces started air raids on March 26, aiming to restore Hadi’s legitimacy and force Houthis to retreat from cities they seized from September last year.
However, the airstrikes and battles in southern regions have left more than 1,000 people killed, 3,000 others wounded, and hundreds of thousands of people displaced.
On Sunday, fresh clashes between tribal fighters and the Houthi group left 12 Houthis dead in al-Zahir district of al-Bayda province.
Meanwhile, overnight Saudi-led airstrikes pounded Houthi gatherings in the central province of Marib, killing dozens, according to provincial security officials.
They said the Houthi group keep sending reinforcements to Marib and the southern province of Taiz, as well as Aden city.
In the capital of Sanaa, overnight Saudi-led airstrikes hit al-Dailamy military airforce and former republican guards base, as well as Attan missile base.
The airstrikes destroyed the runway of Sanaa international airport last week, which halted the shipment of foreign aids to Yemen that has seen severe shortage of basic needs, including food, water, medicine and fuel, for about a month. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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