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Yemen's President appoints new Defence Minister

IANS  |  Aden 

Yemen's on Thursday appointed a new Defence to lead the country's armed forces.

According to state-run news agency, issued a presidential decree and appointed to the top post.

The country's armed forces have remained without a Defence for more than three years following the detention of the former in March 2015 by the Houthi rebels near the southern port city of

In Hadi's another presidential decree, was named the country's new Chief of Staff, reported.

In addition, was appointed the new of the Aden, which is considered Yemen's temporary capital.

The appointment of new military commanders coincided with the ongoing military operations aimed at liberating the strategic port city of and other areas from the control of the Houthis.

The Houthis, aligned with Iran, launched a big military campaign and seized the capital in late 2014, forcing and his government to flee to

The pro-Houthi forces backed by armoured vehicles attacked later and shelled Hadi's Presidential Palace, leading to his exile in neighbouring

In March 2015, led a pan-Arab coalition to intervene militarily and began to pound the Houthi-controlled Sanaa, in response to an from Hadi to protect and roll back Iran's influence.

The internal military conflict between the Iran-backed Houthis and the Saudi-backed entered its fourth year, aggravating the suffering of the Yemenis and deepening the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

The ongoing fighting between the two warring rivals with daily Saudi-led airstrikes plunged the most impoverished Arab country in the into more chaos and violence.

Three quarters of the population, or more than 22 million people, urgently require some form of humanitarian help, including 8.4 million people who struggle to find their next meal.

--IANS

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First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 20:00 IST
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