Exiled Officials Reach Yemen’s Aden, Former President Insists City ‘Key’

Vows to See Whole Rest of the Country Captured From Aden

After news earlier this week that the forces loyal to former Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi seized the southern Yemen port city of Aden, reports today are that several members of his “government-in-exile” have arrived in Aden with an eye on reforming their government there.

“Elected in 2012” in a single-candidate vote, Hadi served as president until his resignation in January, amid disputes with the Shi’ite Houthis over the move toward democratic reform. Hadi subsequently fled to Saudi Arabia, and in March the Saudis declared war, vowing to reinstall Hadi at all costs.

Hadi is still in Riyadh, but praised the news of Aden’s recapture, saying it will be “the key to Yemen’s salvation” and that his forces will launch a battle out of that city to retake the rest of the country. This will of course be heavily backed by the Saudis.

In three months of fighting Aden is the first major territory the Hadi forces retook, which really puts the situation at roughly where it was when the Saudi war began, as at the time the Houthis were in the process of advancing on Aden.

Fighting continues to be reported in several areas around Yemen, and there are reports of fighting around the outskirts of Aden, where Houthi forces are still holding territory. The fighting in the area has spread to an oil refinery, which has caught fire yet again.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.