Yemen News – Shiite rebels freed more than 300 prisoners in the southern city of Dhale, Yemeni security officials said, as the rebels fought pitched battles with supporters of the country’s beleaguered President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in the southern port city of Aden.
Since their advance began last year, the Houthis have overrun Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, and several provinces, forcing Hadi to flee the country.
A Saudi-led coalition continued to carry out intensive airstrikes overnight and early Saturday morning targeting Houthi positions in north and east Aden. The airstrikes continued in the Houthi stronghold of Saada in the north of the country.
As night fell, the airstrikes rocked northern Sanaa, Yemen’s capital, prompting dozens of families to flee their homes.
Medical officials said six civilians were killed Saturday during fighting at the entrance of al-Ma’ala, a town on the outskirts of Aden.
Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdel Salam said in a statement that “sowing fear about the Bab el-Mandeb aims to support aggression in Yemen,” adding that the rebels are open to talks with Egypt about the issue.