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August 3, 2015

Pro-Hadi Yemeni forces seize al-Anad air base from Houthi rebels

Yemeni forces loyal to exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi have reportedly recaptured the country's largest military air base, al-Anad base, from Houthi rebels.

By Samseer M

Yemeni forces loyal to exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi have reportedly recaptured the country’s largest military air base, al-Anad base, from Houthi rebels.

This development comes after Saudi-backed fighters reclaimed Aden from the rebels in July, following months of conflict.

Pro-Hadi forces operation commander brigadier-general Fadel Hassan was quoted by Reuters as saying: "The national army and the popular resistance have complete control of the al-Anad military and air base."

"The national army and the popular resistance have complete control of the al-Anad military and air base."

Hassan also added that the forces killed dozens of Houthis during the fight to seize Al-Anad base that is some 35 miles north of Aden.

The fight was supported by tanks and armoured vehicles supplied by the coalition.

Previously, the base housed US troops overseeing a drone war against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

Hadi fled to Saudi Arabia in March after the Houthis closed in on his refuge in Aden.

Meanwhile, the Guardian reported a source as saying that Pro-Hadi forces’ efforts to break into the base from the south failed and they faced strong resistance from the rebels.

The source added that several people were killed on both sides; however, if confirmed, retaking of the military base will support the loyalist forces to push further north against the Houthi rebels.

The National reported the United Nations as saying that the internal conflict in Yemen has resulted in the death of 4,000 people since March, and more than ten million people are struggling to obtain food and water, .

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