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Exiled Yemen prime minister returns to war-torn city of Aden to chair first Cabinet meeting


SANAA, Yemen — Yemen's exiled prime minister has returned to the country's war-torn city of Aden, months after a Saudi-led airstrike campaign began against Shiite rebels there, authorities said.

Yemeni Prime Minister Khaled Bahah landed in Aden with six government ministers on Saturday, according to Aden's airport chief, Tarek Abdu Ali.

Bahah will chair a Cabinet meeting later Saturday that will be attended by another seven government ministers already in Aden, a Yemeni official told The Associated Press.

Meanwhile, ground fighting between the Shiite Houthi rebels and government-allied militias in Yemen's third largest city of Taiz raged on, killing at least 65 from both sides over the last two days, security and medical officials said. Five civilians were also killed in Taiz as a result of the fighting, the officials said.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief journalists.

The fighting in Yemen pits the Shiite rebels known as Houthis and troops loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh against southern separatists, local and tribal militias, Sunni Islamic militants and loyalists of exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who is now in Saudi Arabia.

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