Pick-up truck drive at the International Airport of the southern port city of Aden, May 5, 2016. AFP/SALEH AL-OBEIDI
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The United Arab Emirates is barring ships carrying some 170 billion Yemeni rials ($680 million) from entering the port of Aden, Yemeni officials said Wednesday.Like most other southern ports, Aden is under the control of the UAE, a key partner in the Arab-led coalition fighting the Houthi rebels, who control most of northern Yemen, including the capital, Sanaa.The coalition is fighting on the side of President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi's government, but the UAE has long been at odds with Hadi, with each side running its own armed groups in a power struggle across southern Yemen.The officials said the UAE had in the past prevented aircraft carrying cash from landing at Aden's airport.The UAE ban came nearly a year after Hadi ordered the relocation of the Central Bank to Aden, the government's temporary seat.
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