Video shows scenes of fighting in the Yemen cities of Aden and Taiz. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Local fighters battling the rebel Houthi militia in Yemen's port of Aden stormed areas around the airport on Sunday (May 3) in an operation supervised by the Saudi-led coalition, which also provided air support, the group's spokesman said. The coalition, which seeks to restore the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, includes eight other Arab states and is receiving logistical support from the United States, Britain and France. It has refused to rule out the eventual use of ground troops, but to date it has mostly used air power and some artillery on the Saudi border to bombard Iranian-allied Houthi militia and allied army units. Aden, a hotbed of anti-Houthi sentiment, has been a flashpoint since the war began on March 26, when the coalition began attacking Houthi forces opposed to Saudi-backed Hadi, who was based in Aden for several weeks before fleeing to Riyadh. Clashes also erupted in Yemen's third largest city, Taiz, over the weekend. The fighting began on Saturday and carried on through Sunday between troops loyal to Hadi, and Houthi rebels.