A jet participating in the Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen is checked at an airbase in an undisclosed location in Saudi Arabia in this April 2, 2015. REUTERS/Saudi Press Agency
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A Saudi-led coalition trying to halt the advance of Yemen's Shiite rebels airdropped weapons to beleaguered fighters in a southern port city Friday, as the Houthis withdrew from the presidential palace in Aden.The Sunni extremists captured the regional army headquarters Friday in Mukalla, capital of the southeastern province of Hadramawt, with no resistance, a military official said.After a night of intense coalition bombardment, rebel forces withdrew from President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi's palace in Aden, a senior official said.The rebel forces retreated to the nearby central district of Khor Maksar, where 12 rebels were reported dead in an overnight attack by pro-Hadi militiamen.The government's collapse forced the United States to close its embassy and withdraw special operations forces that were helping Yemeni forces battle AQAP.The intelligence was helping create "a battlefield picture" of where the Houthis were deployed and to enable coalition aircraft to avoid causing civilian casualties, the official said.
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