Yemen crisis: Houthi rebels ‘driven from key al-Anad airbase’

Sanai (Neo Web Desk) Pro-government forces in Yemen have retaken the country’s largest airbase in a battle with Houthi rebels, government officials say.Heavy casualties have been reported at al-Anad airbase, north of Aden, after intense fighting there in recent days.It comes after pro-government forces, backed by air strikes from a Saudi-led coalition, retook Aden two weeks ago.The Saudis are leading a campaign to defeat the rebels, who control much of Yemen, and restore the government.Troops and armoured vehicles from the United Arab Emirates – a key member of the coalition – are also said to have arrived in Aden in recent days.Military officials quoted by the Associated Press news agency say the foreign troops are helping the pro-government forces operate sophisticated weapons, including tanks. The New York Times said the troops have been involved in the fighting at al-Anad.However, local journalists told the BBC that Emirati troops had recently disembarked in Aden and were deployed as advisers, rather than in combat, while a Yemeni military official denied foreign troops had landed in Yemen

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