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Yemeni President Hadi flees Aden, defense minister arrested by Houthis

Published March 25th, 2015 - 10:20 GMT
Al Bawaba
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According a report by Associated Press, Yemeni President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi has fled the city of Aden as Houthi rebels close in.

Five officials spoken anonymously to AP, stating that the President has left the country's temporary capital and is hiding in an undisclosed location.

However, two Yemeni officials have countered the statement, saying that Hadi is still in Aden and has no intention of leaving, reports the Daily Star. 

Sky News Arabia reports Yemen's defence minister Major-General Mahmoud al-Subaihi has been arrested in Aden by advancing Shia Houthi militants.

The news comes just hours after Houthi militiamen and anti-government forces took control of Al-Anad airbase, just 35 miles from Aden. 

Hadi also made his second appeal to the United Nations Security Council, asking for military intervention in Yemen under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter. 

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