ADEN, Yemen Heavy forces of the Saudi-backed Yemeni government forces, advanced towards Yemen's southern port city of Aden, sparking street battles in the city's eastern part.

Local residents said, intense street battles were sparked in the neighbourhood located near the main entrances of Aden, as government forces attempted to storm the city.

They said, military units of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) were mobilised and engaged in armed confrontations with the advancing forces near Aden.

The government forces faced strong resistance from the STC, that closed all the city's entrances and set up checkpoints across the city, according to residents.

Yemen's government sources claimed that, their forces advanced on the ground and reached the main gates of Aden's International Airport in KhorMaksar district.

But workers at the airport denied the claim, saying, clashes are taking place near KhorMaksar district, while the airport is still controlled by the STC forces.

Scores of tribal fighters loyal to the STC were seen deployed in Aden's streets and around key government facilities in Aden.

The southern port city of Aden is almost entirely under the control of the STC forces, that are also allied to the Saudi-led coalition in the fight against the Houthis.

Considered as Yemen's temporary capital, Aden is where the Saudi-backed Yemeni government based itself.


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