Houthi fighters and their army allies advanced in a column of tanks on Wednesday into a central district of the southern city of Aden, witnesses said.
Their military push into Central Aden, the main foothold of loyalists of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, came despite a week of Saudi-led air strikes as well as bombardment from naval vessels off the coast of Aden.
Residents were alarmed by a large groups of fighters carrying rocket propelled grenades accompanied by tanks and trucks mounted with machine guns in Khor Maksar, which lies on a strip of land land linking central Aden with the mainland.
Houthis are targeted by airstrikes and bombardments aimed at reversing their relentless gains on the battlefield over control of Yemen which has been in the grip of the Shi’ite Muslim fighters and their ally, former president Ali Abdullah Saleh for the past six months.
In their recent encounter with Yemen fighters, the Houthi were pushed back after losing dozens of fighters in the Wednesday battle.