After months of coalition raids, Hadi names Aden street after Saudi king
Yemeni fighters loyal to exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi stand in front of a damaged building in Aden's Khormaksar district on July 15, 2015. (AFP/Saleh al-Obeidi)
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In a unique Eid gift from one head of state to another, Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi named the most important street in liberated Aden after Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman in recognition of his efforts to restore the legitimate government in Yemen.
Hadi, who is currently stationed in Riyadh, issued a presidential order on Friday, the first day of Eid, naming the main street from Caltex Square to Riegel Square (popularly known in Yemen as the maritime line, which is considered the most important street of Aden) after King Salman.
“The important decision has been taken to recognize the brotherly, sincere and courageous position adopted by the GCC and other Arab states under the visionary leadership of King Salman to stand with the people of Yemen in their ordeal, which is reflected on the ground by all forms of support and assistance,” the text of the order read.
In a separate development, a shell killed a Saudi soldier in Najran on Friday, the SPA reported.
The Saudi-led coalition announced “the martyrdom of the soldier Hamad Awad Issa,” SPA said.
Meanwhile, the Interior Minister said Yemeni ministers have arrived back in Aden from Saudi Arabia after the government announced the “liberation” of the country’s second city from the rebels.
“We arrived last night,” Abdo Al-Huzeifi told AFP, adding that he was accompanied by Transport Minister Badr Basalma and several security officials.
Asharq Al-Awsat quoted a Saudi security official as saying that they had flown from Riyadh to Eritrea and then traveled on by boat.
The minister said that the rebels had been pushed out of the city, except for “few besieged groups that are refusing to surrender.”
At dawn on Saturday, coalition aircraft bombed a rebel reinforcement convoy east of Aden, killing 25 fighters, a military official said.
Popular Resistance fighters also went on the offensive elsewhere in the south, militia spokesman Qaed Nasser said.
In an assault on the rebel-held Al-Anad air base, north of Aden, they captured 47 fighters, including officers of the Republican Guard which has remained loyal to the deposed president Ali Abdullah Saleh, he said.
Further east, in Shabwa province, the loyalists recaptured the town of Bayhan, Nasser added.