Tribal gunmen loyal to the Houthi movement gather in the capital Sanaa during a demonstration against Saudi-led coalition’s Operation Decisive Storm against the Houthi rebels in Yemen, April 1, 2015. AFP/MOHAMMAD HUWAIS
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Houthi rebels backed by tanks pushed into central Aden, the main foothold of fighters loyal to President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi, witnesses said Wednesday, as Gulf countries were locked in tough negotiations with Russia on a U.N. draft resolution to impose an arms embargo and sanctions on Yemen.Aden residents said they saw groups of fighters carrying rocket propelled grenades and accompanied by four tanks and three armored vehicles in the Khor Maksar district – part of a neck of land linking central Aden to the rest of the city.In Dhalea, 100 kilometers north of Aden, airstrikes supported militiamen fighting street battles against the Houthis. Ten of the militia fighters were killed, residents said, but Houthi forces and allied army units were being pushed back. The Houthis suffered heavier losses in battles with tribesmen at a major army base in the southeastern province of Shabwa, where 35 Houthis and army fighters were killed along with 20 tribesmen.
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