Yemen rebels vow revenge after key city is recaptured
Southern Yemeni separatists vowed yesterday to avenge a government assault on their positions in Aden and brought in reinforcements from elsewhere, threatening an escalation in fighting between nominal allies.
The separatists and Yemen's government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi are supposed allies in a Saudi-led coalition embroiled in a war against Iran-aligned Houthis, who hold the capital Sanaa and most populated areas.
But the United Arab Emirates, the second major outside power in the coalition, has fallen out with Mr Hadi's side as it includes a party the UAE sees as close to the Muslim Brotherhood, which the Gulf state seeks to neutralise.
Mr Hadi's government said it had recaptured Aden airport and controlled most of the southern port city.
Yesterday, the separatist Southern Transitional Council said some of its troops had returned to Aden to join the battle against Mr Hadi's forces.