A battalion of Sudanese troops have arrived in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden in a move that has bolstered Saudi-led Arab forces trying to keep out the Iran-backed Houthis and curb the growing presence of Islamist militants.
Aden, a strategic port and shipping hub, became the seat of the Yemeni government earlier this year after the Houthis, a clan from northern Yemen, seized the capital Sanaa and forced President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to flee to the south.
A military source in Aden said 300 Sudanese soldiers and officers arrived by sea on Saturday-their purpose was to “help maintain security for the city against the Houthis and Saleh,” the source said, referring to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, whose supporters sided with the Houthis.
Sudanese Army Spokesman, Gen. Ahmed Alshami, said “our troops in Yemen are ready to do their military task under the command of the alliance military leadership.
“Sudan is committed to restore legitimacy in Yemen.”
Meanwhile, the security situation in Aden remained a concern as residents report that armed men, including Islamist militants linked to al Qaeda, roam the streets daily.