Civilians are fleeing Hudaydah as the Saudi-led bombardment intensifies near the airport, which lies south of the city.
President Hadi and other government officials arrived in Aden after being in exile for over a year. The trip follows Hadi’s recent visit to the UAE.
More than six months after his assassination, a video of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh recorded hours before his death has been released. In the video, Saleh gives his last speech, criticizing the Houthis and blaming Yemen’s crisis on them. Saleh calls on all Yemenis to revolt and join the fight against the Houthis. The speech was broadcast to coincide with the start of the Hudaydah ground offensive, part of which is being led by Saleh’s nephew, Tariq.
Civilians continue to evacuate the districts surrounding Hudaydah’s airport as coalition forces move through the area.
The UN special envoy for Yemen arrived in San’a for crisis talks on Hudaydah. Houthi officials deny the government’s claim that coalition forces have captured the airport.
The Houthis have responded to Saudi airstrikes by launching drone attacks in western Yemen.
UAE foreign minister Anwar Gargash called for an unconditional withdrawal by the Houthis from Hudaydah, potentially undercutting the UN special envoy’s latest efforts in the capital.