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Residents flee as Houthis strengthen grip on Aden

Wednesday, May 06, 2015 - 01:11

Aid workers say dozens of families are fleeing their homes in Yemen's port city of Aden, as fighting intensifies and Houthi rebels tighten their grip. Gavino Garay reports.

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With no other choice, dozens of Yemeni families are now fleeing the port city of Aden.. seeking safer ground. Houthi fighters are strengthening their grip on the strategically important city, a prize that could be crucial to the outcome of the civil war. Aid workers say the situation for families remains dire. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) RED CRESCENT WORKER, ITEDAL MOHAMED NASSER, SAYING: "All through last night the number of fleeing families arriving were very large" (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HEAD OF LOCAL CHARITY, DOCTOR YASMIN BAGHARIB, SAYING: "At the moment, we have 200 families to whom we are providing food and basic needs." The Houthis and militias loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh have for weeks besieged Aden in an effort to crush resistance by government forces led by the current President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, now based in Saudi Arabia. A Saudi-led coalition is still bombing Houthi targets from the air...but the rebels are fighting on. At least 120 people - mostly civilians - were killed in the latest round of fighting. ...prompting many in Aden to leave while they still can.

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Residents flee as Houthis strengthen grip on Aden

Wednesday, May 06, 2015 - 01:11