Boys stand on a tank burnt during clashes on a street in Yemen's southern port city of Aden March 29, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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Yemeni soldiers loyal to the Saudi-backed President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi clashed with Iranian-allied Houthi fighters Sunday in downtown Aden, the absent leader's last major foothold in the country.The Health Ministry, loyal to the Houthi fighters who control the capital, said Saudi-led airstrikes had killed 35 people and wounded 88 overnight.The Houthi fighters, representing a Shiite 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.However, Asseri said operations over Hodeida were halted for two hours to allow the evacuation of 500 Pakistani nationals.Saleh stood down after a 2011 revolt but still wields wide influence in Yemen.Forces loyal to Hadi said Sunday that they recaptured Aden airport.
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