Yemen's Aden airport resumes operations after days of shutdown amid fighting

Source: Xinhua| 2019-08-11 22:18:49|Editor: xuxin
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ADEN, Yemen, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- The international airport of Aden resumed operations on Sunday after four days of intense street fighting in the southern Yemeni port city, a government official said.

"The airport officials reassured all the Yemeni citizens and passengers that the operations have been resumed starting today (Sunday)," the local official said on condition of anonymity.

"All the flights to and from Aden will be resumed normally without any problems," he added.

Aden witnessed four days of intense street fighting between the forces of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) and Yemeni government troops over the control the presidential palace in the city.

Earlier in the day, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen Lise Grande said in a statement that preliminary reports show 40 people have been killed in the past days of fighting.

The STC forces seized all the government's military bases including the presidential palace and forced the ministers and military leaders to flee to Saudi Arabia's capital of Riyadh.

The Saudi-backed Yemeni government held the STC and the United Arab Emirates, a key partner of the Saudi-led coalition, fully responsible for the consequences of the coup against the authorities in Aden.

The southern port city of Aden is almost entirely under the control of the STC forces that are also allied to the Saudi-led coalition in the fighting against the Houthis.

Aden's fighting started when senior leaders of the STC accused the Saudi-backed Yemeni government of "backing Islamists and leaking information to the Iran-backed Houthis" who targeted an army base in Aden last week, killing scores of soldiers including commanders.

Considered Yemen's temporary capital, Aden is where the Saudi-backed Yemeni government has based itself since 2015.

The impoverished Arab country has been locked in a civil war since late 2014, when the Houthis overran much of the country and seized all northern provinces including the capital Sanaa.