ADEN (AFP) -Authorities reopened the air and sea ports in Yemen’s city of Aden Thursday, an official said, after a 24-hour closure due to unrest in the capital which is controlled by Shiite militiamen.
The reopening came after President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi reached an agreement for the Houthi militia to withdraw from government buildings they seized in Sanaa this week.
“The security committee (of Aden) has decided to resume activity of the seaport and Aden airport starting from Thursday 7am (0400 GMT),” a government official told AFP.
Aden’s main security body on Wednesday shut the airport, seaport and entrances to the city due to “dangerous developments in the capital” and “attacks on the symbol of national sovereignty and constitutional legitimacy”, in a reference to Hadi.
The militia this week took over the presidential palace, and encircled the residences of Hadi and his Prime Minister Khalid Bahah.
Although the deal stipulated his immediate release, Hadi’s abducted chief of staff Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak remained in the hands of the militia Thursday and Bahah’s whereabouts were unknown a day after the Houthis allowed him to leave his residence.
Hundreds of pro-government militiamen had earlier arrived in Aden from several southern provinces, in coordination with the army, to protect government institutions and vital installations there, residents told AFP.
The Wednesday agreement stipulates the withdrawal of Houthi forces from Sanaa while allowing an amendment to a draft constitution which the militia opposed because it would divide Yemen into six federal regions.