Yemen ports become focus for rebel attacks

Stephen Spark

Ports in Yemen are increasingly coming under attack from Saudi and Gulf Co-operation Council states as they attempt to regain control of areas run by Shia Houthi militias and al-Qaeda jihadis.

The Yemen Times reported yesterday that the strategic port city of Aden, the last stronghold of forces loyal to President Hadi, had fallen to Houthi rebels. The claim was denied by loyalist forces and by the deputy head of the port association, Abd ar-Rabb al-Halyaki.

Houthi commanders have threatened to launch attacks on Saudi Arabia, in response to continuing airstrikes, where there is a sizeable Shia minority. This could result in the conflict widening across the Arabian peninsula.

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