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Fighting in Yemen escalates after airport clashes - March 19, 2015

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Yemen’s civil conflict escalated in March after rival factions in the southern port city of Aden fought for control of the international airport, leaving several people dead. Explosions were heard throughout the town and warplanes bombed the compound of Yemeni president, Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who remained unharmed. Violence had flared up in the country after the Shia Houthi rebels seized control of the capital, Sana, in September 2014, triggering a power struggle between various factions and militias. As fighting in Yemen escalated in the weeks after the airport clashes, Sana and Aden became two major seats of power in Yemen. With the Houthis consolidating their hold over northern Yemen, Hadi was forced to flee to Aden and tried to re-establish his base in the south. Meanwhile, foreign powers have become more closely entangled with the internal fighting in Yemen. While Saudi Arabia backs Hadi, the Houthis have the support of the Iran. Hadi is also backed by several military units and tribesmen loyal to him. Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/20/world/middleeast/yemen-aden-airport-battle.html Yemen, civil conflict, Aden, international airport, warplanes, Yemeni president, Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, Shia Houthi rebels