Yemeni forces seize Aden airport from Houthi rebels

14 July 2015 (Last Updated July 14th, 2015 18:30)

Forces loyal to the exiled Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi have seized the Aden airport from Iran-backed Houthi rebels, with support from Saudi Arabia-led forces.

Forces loyal to the exiled Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi have seized the Aden airport from Iran-backed Houthi rebels, with support from Saudi Arabia-led forces.

The new offensive is a part of the military campaign that has been initiated to bring the city back under the control of the government.

Hadi has been closely monitoring the operation named Operation Golden Arrow for the Liberation of Aden, the Agence France-Presse reported.

"Aden International Airport and Khormaksar have been cleared of Houthi and Saleh elements."

The airport was seized by the 39th Armored Brigade soldiers after they shifted allegiance to the Houthis, who then seized the presidential palace and other parts of the city.

Aden serves as the primary sea port of Yemen. Apart from the airport, Aden's central district of Khormaksar has also been recovered by Hadi's forces.

Yemeni government spokesman Rajeh Badi was quoted by Al Jazeera as saying: "Aden International Airport and Khormaksar have been cleared of Houthi and Saleh elements, by armed forces backing Yemen's legitimacy and the popular resistance forces, in coordination with and with direct support by the coalition."

Yemen has been embroiled in a political battle between the supporters of Hadi and former president Ali Abdullah Saleh who is allied with the Houthis. Saleh had stepped down from his post in 2012 after the Arab Spring uprising.

Saleh's forces had attacked Aden's airport in March and also sent fighter planes to bomb the presidential palace.Houthi rebels had taken over an international airport in south Yemen following which the UN had declared the country to be at the edge of civil war.

According to Al Jazeera, the Yemeni conflict has killed more than 3,000 people and also displaced more than one million others since March.