Buildings at the Jabal al-Hadid military camp burn as smoke rises in Aden, Yemen, Saturday, March 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Yassir Hassan)
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Yemeni fighters loyal to the Saudi-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi clashed with Iranian-allied Houthi fighters on Sunday in downtown Aden, the absent leader's last major foothold in the country.Hadi loyalists in the southern port city reported a gun battle in the central Crater district in which three people were killed, and said they recaptured the airport, which has changed hands several times in several days of fighting. The Health Ministry, loyal to the Houthi fighters who control the capital, said Saudi-led air strikes had killed 35 people and wounded 88 overnight. The Houthi fighters, representing a Shi'ite minority that makes up around a third of Yemen's population, emerged as the most powerful force in the Arabian Peninsula's poorest country last year when they captured the capital Sanaa. In Shabwa, tribal sources said tribesmen killed 30 Houthis in a battle with the Shi'ite militia and its army allies at a military base.Fighters loyal to Hadi said on Sunday they recaptured Aden airport after fighting which lasted all night.Witnesses in Aden's northern Dar Saad district reported seeing two tanks destroyed by Hadi loyalists battling army units who are fighting alongside the Houthis.
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