Forces loyal to UAE seize Aden airport from Saudi-backed Yemen government
Forces loyal to the United Arab Emirates are reported to have taken control of the airport in Aden ousting fighters loyal to the Saudi-supported president Mansour Hadi.
|The seizure of the airport by Yemeni forces with the backing of those from the UAE is fueling tensions between the Saudi-backed president Hadi and the UAE's crown prince Mohammed bin Zayed of Abu Dhabi. The prince is also deputy commander of the UAE armed forces. One soldier was said to have been killed during the takeover. The UAE forces joined those of Saudi Arabia in fighting the rebel Houthis and driving them out of Aden and the surrounding areas. Also, supporters of the secessionist Southern Movement allied with pro-Hadi forces to drive out the Houthi but this has led to rival factions within Aden. The Southern Movement and its supporters appear to have the support of the UAE. Hadi returned went in exile in 2014 when Houthis seized much of the country including the capital Sanaa that they still hold.|