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Yemen: Government forces regain control of presidential palace and entire Aden

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Yemeni government forces have regained control of the presidential palace in Aden and the entire province of southern separatists, Information Minister Muammar al-Iryani said on Wednesday.

“Heroes and officers of the Presidential Protection Brigades were able to secure the Maasheq Palace in the temporary capital of Aden and surrounding areas completely, and the national army and security services are in full control of the directorates of the province of Aden,” he wrote on Twitter.

Earlier on Wednesday, Iryani wrote that government forces also entered Aden airport and took “full control of the main gate of the airport.”

Street war in several areas of Aden

According to a government security source that there is a “street war is underway in Aden”, especially in the areas of Dar Saad, Medara and Khormaksar near the airport.

Residents said fighting resumed in the southern port city of Aden on Wednesday when government forces stormed its eastern suburbs and exchanged heavy artillery fire with southern separatists, deepening the rift between supposed partners in a Saudi-led coalition.

Residents said Saudi-backed government forces had recaptured most of the neighboring towns seized by UAE-backed separatists before moving towards Aden.

Witnesses said they could hear the sounds of clashes in the neighborhoods of Arish and Khormaksar in Aden, as well as around Aden airport, which has been controlled by UAE-backed forces since 2015.

Government forces seized Zanzibar, the capital of neighboring Abyan province, early on Monday, after securing most of the oil-producing Shabwa province and its Balhaf liquefaction plant.

On August 10, southern separatists seized Aden, the provisional capital of the government, following clashes with government forces in which dozens were killed and wounded.

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