Supporters of Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, hold up their weapons during a rally against airstrikes, in Sanaa April 3, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi
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Houthi forces pulled back from a central Aden district Friday and warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition dropped weapons and medical aid to fighters defending the southern Yemeni city, a last symbolic foothold of the country's absent president.At least one Houthi tank was destroyed and another taken over by President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's loyalists, they said.The fighting has brought civil war to the Arabian Peninsula's poorest country, already plagued by separatism, tribal conflict, sectarian violence and an insurgency by Al-Qaeda militants targeted by U.S. drones.Local militia forces said they killed 10 Houthis during the fighting which pushed the Shiite movement out of Crater. Hadi fled Aden last week and has watched from neighboring Saudi Arabia while the vestiges of his authority on the ground have eroded as the Houthis advanced.Saudi ambassador to Washington Adel al-Jubeir said Thursday the kingdom does not have "formal" troops on the ground in Aden.The Sunni Islamist Al-Qaeda fighters are viscerally opposed to the Houthis, who are drawn from a Zaidi Shiite minority.
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