Yemeni president arrives in Saudi capital, after fleeing Aden

Yemen's President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi
Yemen’s President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi

Saudi state TV says Yemen’s embattled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has arrived in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

Al-Ekhbariya TV reported Hadi arrived Thursday at a Riyadh airbase and was met by Saudi Defense Minister Prince Mohammed, the son of King Salman. A day earlier, Hadi fled the southern Yemeni city Aden in a boat as the Iranian backed Shiite rebels and their allies moved on the city.

Hadi’s arrival comes as Saudi Arabia and its allies launched airstrikes in Yemen against the rebels, known as Houthis, and forces loyal to Hadi’s predecessor, ousted autocrat Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Hadi is expected to attend an Arab summit in Egypt that starts Saturday. His route from Aden to Riyadh was not immediately known. The Houthis’ TV network reported that he arrived in Oman earlier Thursday.

Associated Press/ My way