On Wednesday, August 28, forces loyal to the internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi reportedly regained control of the southern port city of Aden from UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) separatists. The capture of the interim capital on Wednesday came after government-aligned troops seized control of Aden International Airport (ADE) and the city's presidential palace. STC separatist forces had seized effective control of Aden earlier this month. The rift between Yemeni government forces and the STC, both part of a coalition fighting Houthi rebels, has complicated UN efforts to end the country's civil war.
Further fighting is possible in the city and its surrounding areas over the near term.
Yemen is engaged in a complex and deadly conflict, ongoing since Houthi rebels entered into a civil war with the Yemeni government, supported by a Saudi-led coalition, in 2015. The Saudi-led coalition has carried out thousands of airstrikes in Yemen since its intervention began. Hundreds of Yemeni civilians have been killed in the strikes, which have hit schools, hospitals, and markets, in addition to Houthi militant positions and personnel. In total, more than 10,000 Yemenis have died in the fighting and some 3 million have been displaced.
Due to poor security conditions, many Western governments advise their citizens against all travel to Yemen. Travel to the country should only be considered with proper security protocols in place. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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