Unidentified troops land in Aden after Houthis seize centre

(Reuters) – Dozens of unidentified troops landed by sea in Aden in an apparent last-ditch effort by a Saudi-led coalition to shore up a foothold in the southern Yemeni port city after Shi’ite Houthi fighters seized control of its centre on Thursday.

The soldiers arrived in a single vessel a few hours after the Iran-allied Houthis and their supporters swept into the heart of Aden despite an eight-day air campaign led by Riyadh to stem their advances.

The southern port city has been the last major holdout of fighters loyal to the Saudi-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who fled Aden a week ago and has watched from Riyadh as the vestiges of his authority have crumbled.

It was not immediately possible to verify the nationality of the troops, but the Saudi-led coalition says it is in control of the waters around Aden. If confirmed as a coalition move, it would be the first reported deployment of ground forces since Saudi Arabia launched the campaign a week ago.

  • winniec

    10% of Saudi citizens are Shi’ites. They will be persecuted even worse if Iran doesn’t stop meddling.

  • David Murrell

    Strange, this tactical military action received barely a word in our corporate media. BBC World News is covering, but CNN News and CBC News barely is aware of the ship-to-shore invasion. They seem more interested in the gay rights thuggery in Indiana.

  • Hard Little Machine

    We need to pass out smallpox infected blankets to all of them.

    • Exile1981

      Prayer mats would work better

  • The Goat

    This is Bush’s fault, somehow, I know it.