Forces loyal to Yemen president seize key areas
Posted on » Tuesday, February 17, 2015
ADEN: Forces loyal to Yemen's president said they had seized strategic buildings in the southern city of Aden yesterday after a five-hour battle, escalating a civil conflict threatening to split the country in two.
The militias supporting Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi wrested parts of Yemen's economic hub from security forces allied to the Houthi movement, including its main power station and intelligence headquarters, sources said.
The country's north is dominated by the Shi'ite Muslim Houthis, who completed a takeover of the capital Sanaa last month. In the south, forces loyal to Hadi and separatists aiming to restore the former South Yemen appear to be in charge.
UN Yemen envoy Jamal Benomar tweeted yesterday that he had visited Hadi, who is still under house arrest at his residence.
Benomar said he had briefed Hadi on the UN Security Council resolution calling for an end to his house arrest and that of his government.
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