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Formerly exiled Yemeni President Hadi returns to Aden for second time

After six months of exile in Saudi Arabia, Hadi first returned to Aden in September but left after the city again came under rebel attack.

By Fred Lambert
Formerly exiled Yemeni President Hadi returns to Aden for second time
Yemeni President Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi addresses the United Nations on Sept. 26, 2012 in New York City. Hadi on Nov. 17, 2015, returned to Aden, Yemen, for the second time since his exile in the face of Houthi rebel advances. File photo by Monika Graff/UPI | License Photo

ADEN, Yemen, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Yemeni President Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi returned Tuesday to the port city of Aden for the second time since taking refuge in Saudi Arabia earlier this year.

The BBC reported Hadi arrived to supervise a fresh offensive against Houthi rebels in Taiz, to the northwest. It is not clear how long he will stay.

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Hadi's last visit to Aden was in September, after pro-government forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, re-captured the city earlier in the summer. Hadi again left after renewed rebel attacks, but members of his government have since operated out of the city.

Hadi originally fled to Riyadh in March after Houthi forces seized the capital, Sanaa, before advancing south on Aden.

Around the same time, Saudi Arabia led a coalition of regional Sunni allies in an air and ground campaign against the Houthis, who are associated with Shia Islam.

At least 5,600 people have been killed in Yemen since then.

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