Loyalists retake Yemen’s biggest air base in key gain
Pro-government forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition retook Yemen’s biggest air base from Iran-backed rebels on Tuesday in a significant new gain after their recapture of second city Aden last month.
The Al-Anad base, 60 kilometres ( 40 miles) north of Aden, is strategically located on the main road north towards both the battleground third city of Taez and the rebel-held capital Sanaa.
The loyalists swiftly pushed on from Al-Anad on Tuesday, attacking the rebel-held Labouza army camp 10 kilometers (six miles) further north, military sources said.
Pro-government sources said that the rebels lost 70 dead and 10 captured in the fighting for AlAnad. The loyalists suffered 24 dead and 23 wounded.