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An Apache helicopter from a Saudi-led military coalition wounded three Yemeni soldiers when it fired a missile at a military vehicle outside Aden International Airport on Sunday, Yemeni security officials said.

The attack struck troops loyal to the airport's chief of security, who had refused to accept a government order that he be replaced.

The incident was yet another sign of the inability of Yemen's internationally-recognised government to enforce order.

According to local reports, a southern brigade led by Saleh Al-'Amiri refused to hand over the Aden Airport to the Hadi loyalists; this resulted in a violent confrontation that is still ongoing.

Al-'Amiri's forces had been in control of the Aden Airport since they recapture this strategic port city from the Houthis in late 2015.

In response to Al-'Amiri's refusal to leave the airport, the Saudi-backed Coalition began bombing their own allies to show support for exiled president 'Abd Rubbah Mansour Hadi.

It was the first time Hadi's allies, the coalition of mostly Gulf Arab states, had intervened militarily in power struggles within the Yemeni armed forces.

The Saudi-led coalition has launched thousands of air strikes against the government's foes, the Iran-allied Houthis, in a campaign to restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power. It helped wrest Aden from the Houthis, who control the capital, Sanaa, in the summer of 2015.

Government mediators were attempting to resolve the dispute through talks, security officials said.


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