Friday, 17 April 2015 - 12:48
Al-Qaeda seizes southern Yemen airport
Militants from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula have seized an airport in southern Yemen.
Troops guarding the site in the major port city of Mukalla, Hadramawt province, have fled.
AQAP has exploited the chaos gripping the country, overrunning Mukalla earlier this month and freeing inmates from a prison.
A Saudi-led coalition has been bombing Shia Houthi rebels, who have been advancing across the country.
The Houthis swept into the capital Sanaa last September, eventually forcing President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi to flee abroad.