UAE troops 'forced out' of airport in Aden

UAE troops 'forced out' of airport in Aden
The United Arab Emirates has pulled its soldiers out of the southern city's airport after local fighters forced their way in.
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25 February, 2016
The UAE on Wednesday withdrew its soldiers from the airport in Yemen's southern city of Aden on Wednesday, officials have said.

Yemeni authorities allegedly responded to the decision by shutting down Aden International Airport which had been heavily guarded by the UAE forces before their retreat.

Reports suggest a sudden influx of disgruntled local fighters forced their way into the airport, driving the soldiers out.

But local news site Aden Times has rejected the reports, claiming UAE military vehicles were moved to make way for planned renovation works at the damaged site.

The Saudi-led coalition launched an aerial campaign targeting Houthi rebels in March last year. An estimated 6,000 people have been killed during the conflict that has been described as "the worst humanitarian crisis" by UN officials.