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Rebels: Armed Houthi members raise their guns aloft while shouting anti-Saudi slogans during a rally protesting airstrikes carried out by a Saudi-led coalition, yesterday
Yemeni rebels seize President’s palace in Aden – as Al Qaeda free hundreds of inmates during jailbreak in war-torn country
- 300 inmates including Al-Qaeda leader freed during breakout at jail
- Two guards and five inmates killed in clashes
- 44 people, including 18 civilians, reportedly killed in city of Aden
- Security officials later confirmed fall of the palace
Yemeni rebels have seized President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi’s palace on the same day Al-Qaeda militants freed hundreds of inmates in a jailbreak.
Security officials said member of Al-Qaeda stormed a Hadramawt provincial prison in southeast Yemen and freed more than 300 inmates, including one of their leaders Khalid Batarfi.
Batarfi is among Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s top regional commanders, known for his leading role in a 2011-2012 battle with government troops during which extremists seized large parts of the south and east.