A Yemeni man looks at a World Food Program ship at the port of Aden, Yemen, Tuesday, July 21, 2015. The WFP ship carrying badly needed aid arrived in Yemen's war-torn southern city of Aden on Tuesday, the first vessel chartered by the UN agency to berth there since Saudi-led airstrikes on Shiite rebels in the country began in March. Photo: AP.
SANAA, Yemen — Military officials say Saudi-backed troops and local militias are in full control of the strategic port city of Aden after repelling Shiite rebels from their last holdout in the city's presidential compound.
The officials said new checkpoints were erected around the city Thursday to search for remnants of the rebel forces who lost control of the presidential compound overnight following days of intense fighting.
Meanwhile, airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition continued north of Aden and troops pushed their way into provinces east and north of Aden in an attempt to secure control of Aden, officials said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not allowed to brief reporters.
Fighting was most intense around the rebel-controlled military base of Al-Anad in the province of Lahj.