1st com­mer­cial ship since March docks in Aden

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

A com­mer­cial ship docked Fri­day in Aden, a port of­fi­cial said, the first ves­sel of its kind to reach the south­ern Ye­meni city since it was over­run by anti-gov­ern­ment rebels in March.

The Venus, op­er­ated by United Arab Ship­ping Co., had a cargo of 350 con­tain­ers of prod­ucts or­dered by busi­nesses in Aden, which was re­taken by pro­gov­ern­ment forces last month, said port deputy di­rec­tor Aref alShaabi.

“This sig­nals the re­turn of life to the port of Aden and this will ben­e­fit the city and south­ern prov­inces” also re­taken by loy­al­ist troops in re­cent weeks, Shaabi told AFP.

Shi­ite Huthi rebels and troops loyal to for­mer pres­i­dent Ali Ab­dul­lah Saleh at­tacked Aden in March af­ter tak­ing the cap­i­tal Sanaa un­op­posed last year.

Their ad­vance south prompted Ye­men’s Pres­i­dent Abedrabbo Man­sour Hadi to flee to Riyadh and sparked a Saudi-led aerial bomb­ing cam­paign on rebel tar­gets across the coun­try.

In re­cent weeks, bol­stered by what mil­i­tary sources said was heavy equip­ment and troops pro­vided by the coali­tion, as well as Ye­meni fight­ers trained in Saudi Ara­bia, pro- gov­ern­ment forces have re­taken Aden, as well four other south­ern prov­inces from the rebels.

The loy­al­ists are cur­rently bat­tling anti-gov­ern­ment forces for con­trol of Ye­men’s third city, Taez, which has been de­scribed as the gate­way to the rebel-held cap­i­tal.

Shaabi said other ships were ex­pected in Aden, Ye­men’s main port, in the com­ing days.

Since the city’s re­cap­ture, sev­eral trans­port planes car­ry­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian aid have landed at the city’s re­paired air­port.

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