January 30, 2018 / 9:54 AM / a year ago

Yemen separatists capture Aden, government confined to palace - residents

ADEN, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Southern Yemeni separatists took control of the port city of Aden after two days of fighting, residents said on Tuesday, confining the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to the presidential palace.

They said forces loyal to the Southern Transitional Council, which is backed by the United Arab Emirates, a main component of the Saudi-led coalition, seized the last stronghold of its Presidential Protection forces rival in Dar Saad area in northern Aden on Tuesday after heavy fighting.

The Saudi-led coalition is battling the Iran-aligned Houthi movement which controls most of northern Yemen.

Additional reporting by Noah Browning, writing by Aziz El Yaakoubi, editing by Sami Aboudi

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