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Aden: city "liberated" from Houthi rebel forces

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Aden: city "liberated" from Houthi rebel forces
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The southern Yemeni city of Aden has been liberated from Houthi rebel forces, according to reports.

The declaration has come from Yemen’s vice president Khaled Bahah, who is in exile in Saudi Arabia.

There has been heavy fighting for months in the southern port city between rebels and forces loyal to the Yemeni government.

A major, Saudi-backed offensive was launched earlier this week and has advanced successfully.

Sources say the next objective is retaking the city of Taiz.

Humanitarian cost of the conflict

The UN says thousands have been killed in this conflict. One million have been displaced and 80% of Yemen’s 25 million population face a humanitarian crisis of immense proportions.