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Yemen's Aden falls to Saudi-backed fighters

Friday, July 17, 2015 - 01:13

Saudi-backed fighters drive Houthi rebels from port city of Aden in Yemen. Sean Carberry reports.

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The president of Yemen remains in exile, but his fighters say they've retaken the strategic city of Aden. Heavy clashes carried on for several days before Saudi-backed forces drove Iranian-allied Houthi rebels from the port city. Exiled president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi praised the fighters and the Arab alliance, promising that the gains in Aden were the start of a drive to take back the country. The spread of the Houthis has been aided by most of Yemen's army, which remains loyal to former strongman President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was ousted in Arab Spring protests in 2011. The Houthis still control the capital city, Sanaa, where Yemenis like Morthada al-Ariqi are trying to make the most of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) SANAA RESIDENT, MORTADHA AL-ARIQI, SAYING: "There is no joy anymore as it was in previous years and it is because of the siege and coalition air-strikes and many problems that caused us to lose the splendor of Eid." More than 3,500 people have been killed and a million displaced in the conflict.

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Yemen's Aden falls to Saudi-backed fighters

Friday, July 17, 2015 - 01:13