Yemen President Hadi flees palace stronghold as rebels advance on Aden

The whereabouts of Yemen’s beleaguered president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, are unknown after he fled his presidential compound in the southern city of Aden. Forces loyal to the president have vowed to fight.

On Wednesday, forces from the rebel Houthis – a Shiite tribe from the country’s mountainous north – continued to advance southward, captured a key air base and the country’s defense minister, and began closing in on the southern city of Aden, where Yemen’s government has been based since it was dislodged from the capital, Sanaa, last year.

“The war is imminent and there is no escape from it,” 21-year-old Mohammed Ahmed told Reuters as he stood outside a security compound in Aden’s Khor Maksar district, where hundreds of young men have been signing up to fight the advancing Houthi fighters.

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Forces loyal to the president have been firing into the air at Aden’s Jabal al-Hadeed barracks to prevent residents from intruding into the military base and arming themselves.
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