Mysterious new force emerges in Yemen to fight rebels – Los Angeles Times

A shadowy new pro-government force has been deployed in the embattled Yemeni port city of Aden, according to reports Sunday, sparking speculation that ground troops from the Saudi-led coalition may have joined the battle against Houthi rebels and their allies.

Saudi Arabia, however, denied that it had sent ground forces to Aden or any other part of Yemen.

The deployment of Saudi troops in Yemen would mark a major escalation in the war.

The new fighting unit in Aden joined members of what is known as the Southern Resistance Committees, an anti-Houthi armed group, the resistance faction said. The new force reportedly includes special forces operatives.

Ali Ahmadi, spokesman for the pro-government committees in Aden, said in a phone interview on Sunday that the force was “engaged in the fights and confrontations in areas near and around Aden airport” against troops loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

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