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Yemeni President Flees Palace as Rebels Advance

Yemeni officials have said President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has fled his palace in the southern city of Aden for an undisclosed location in the city Wednesday as Houthi fighters continued their advance to the south.

The officials denied earlier reports that Hadi had left the city entirely. Aden has been a refuge for Hadi since last month, when he escaped house arrest by the Houthis in the capital, Sana’a, and went to the city on the Gulf of Aden to try to establish his government there.

Map of Aden, YemenMap of Aden, Yemen The Houthis captured Sana’a last September and have been advancing south toward Aden. The reports that Hadi had fled came after the rebels took control of the key al-Anad airbase about 60 kilometers north of the city following clashes with pro-Hadi forces.

Al-Anad was an important intelligence site used by U.S. personnel in the drone campaign targeting militants from the Yemen- based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. The U.S. announced Saturday that all of its remaining personnel had left the country because of the deteriorating security situation. Hadi appealed to the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday to authorize a military intervention to halt the Houthi advance.

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