ADEN: Yemeni forces backed up by coalition air strikes have recaptured positions on the outskirts of Aden used by the Houthi group to fire rockets into the southern port city, local officials said on Thursday.
Forces loyal to exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, which retook Aden from the Houthis on July 17, seized the town of Muthalath al-Ilm, at Aden’s eastern entrance.
The fighters, who call themselves the Southern Resistance forces, also recaptured neighbourhoods to the north of Aden from the Houthis, including Ya’wala, Al-Basateen and Qariat al-Falahi, the officials said.
They said that the two sides were still fighting in al-Houta, the capital of the southern province of Lahj, 30 km (20 miles) from Aden, where clashes have persisted for several days.
Air raids also targetted locations across the south, including Dhalea and Aland airbase, Houthi media Saba News reported quoting a security source at Yemen’s interior ministry.
The four-month-old war is rooted in political strains that escalated last year when the Houthis seized the capital, Sanaa, and pushed out Hadi, a US ally.
Nearly 4,000 people have been killed and more than 1.2 million displaced, the United Nations says.