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Houthis deny reports of foreign troops landing in Aden

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Photo shows people standing on a tank that was burnt during clashes on a street in Yemen's southern port city of Aden, March 31, 2015.

Yemen’s Houthi movement has rejected earlier media reports that dozens of foreign troops have disembarked in the country’s southeastern port city of Aden, Press TV reports.

Sources with the Ansarullah fighters in Yemen confirmed to Press TV on Thursday that the media reports circulating about the deployment of foreign troops of unknown nationality to Aden were baseless.

According to the sources, the Yemeni army has managed to take control of the strategic city despite some intermittent clashes there.

The report comes as Ansarullah revolutionaries and their allies managed to capture the presidential palace in Aden.

The palace was the last bastion of power for the country's fugitive president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, before he fled to neighboring Saudi Arabia.

Yemen’s Ansarullah fighters set up a checkpoint in the Khor Maksar neighborhood of southern coastal city of Aden on April 2, 2015. © AFP

The advance by revolutionaries comes against the backdrop of an ongoing military aggression by Saudi Arabia against Yemen, which has claimed about 200 lives so far.

Houthi fighters, who took control of the capital Sana’a last September, continue making gains southward. The capture of Hadi’s palace in Aden comes after a week of clashes on the outskirts of the city.

A man stands by the wreckage of a van hit by an air strike in Yemen's southern port city of Aden March 31, 2015.

Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by the Houthi Ansarullah movement.

However, the Ansarullah movement later said Hadi had lost his legitimacy as president of Yemen after he escaped Sana’a to Aden in February.

The revolutionaries said after taking control of Sana’a that the Hadi government was incapable of properly running the affairs of the country and containing the growing wave of corruption and terror.


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