Militiamen loyal to Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi take positions at a street in Aden, Yemen, Thursday, April 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Wael Qubady)
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Yemen's Houthi fighters and their allies seized a central Aden district Thursday, striking a heavy blow against the Saudi-led coalition which has waged a week of airstrikes to try to stem advances by the Iran-allied Shiite group.Hours after the Houthis took over Aden's central Crater neighborhood, unidentified armed men arrived by sea in an area of the port city which the Iran-allied Shiite fighters have yet to reach.A Yemeni official denied that ground troops landed in Aden and a port official said they were armed guards who disembarked from a Chinese warship evacuating people from the city.In the Arabian Sea port of Mukalla, 500 km east of Aden, suspected Al-Qaeda fighters stormed the central prison and freed 150 prisoners, some of them Al-Qaeda detainees, sources in the local police and administration said.In Dhalea, 100 km north of Aden, where militia fighters from the south have battled Houthis for several days, residents said the militia were in control of the town but Houthis were sniping from rooftops.
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