Houthi fighters and their allies battled gunmen in Aden’s Crater district on Thursday, in the heart of the southern Yemeni port city, which is the last major foothold of forces loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, several residents said.
They said there were hundreds of Houthi and allied fighters in Crater, backed by tanks and armoured vehicles.
It was the first time fighting on the ground had reached so deeply into central Aden, and came despite a week of air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition aimed at stemming the Houthi advances.
Dozens of troops disembark at Aden port
Dozens of troops disembarked at a port in Aden on Thursday, hours after Houthi fighters advanced into the heart of the southern Yemeni city, witnesses and port officials said.
It was not immediately possible to verify the nationality of the troops, but a Saudi-led coalition which has been trying to stem advances by the Iran-allied Houthis says it is in control of the waters around Aden.
A Saudi border guard was killed after coming under fire from mountain area in Yemen.