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Workers clear runway of seized Yemeni airport

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 01:38

Troops seize southern airport from Houthi rebels as U.N. raises humanitarian alert in Yemen. Sean Carberry reports.

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STORY: Don't expect the business class lounge to open anytime soon. Troops and workers loyal to the exiled Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi have begun clearing the runway at Yemen's Aden airport. They captured Aden's airport and main seaport from the northern Houthi rebel group in the past two days. The fighting killed dozens of people, according to medics. The advances against the Houthis have been aided by bombing runs by a Saudi-led coalition. The Shi'ite Muslim Houthis seized Sanaa in September and pushed into Yemen's south and east in March and April in what they say is a revolution against a corrupt government and hardline Sunni Muslim militants. Meanwhile, the United Nations has raised Yemen to its highest level humanitarian crisis, placing it alongside emergencies in South Sudan, Syria and Iraq. More than 3,000 people have been killed and more than a million displaced by the ongoing fighting. Julien Harneis, acting UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen says 21 million people need help, about 80 percent of the population. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTING UN HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR FOR YEMEN, JULIEN HARNEIS, SAYING: "The needs are water, health, food, nutrition, pretty much everything that you could imagine. We really have a humanitarian catastrophe at the moment because of the conflict." A week-long U.N.-brokered truce in fighting was meant to have begun last week to allow the delivery of aid. But, it did not take hold after Saudi Arabia did not recognize the truce and continued air strikes.

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Workers clear runway of seized Yemeni airport

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 01:38