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Houthis, wearing an army uniform, ride on an armed truck to patrol the international airport in Sana’a, Yemen, Saturday, March 28, 2015. Reuters

London- News agencies asserted on Thursday that the Yemeni government headed by Prime Minister Dr. Ahmed Bin Daghr had permanently left Riyadh to Aden with an aim to ensure security, strengthen the state, and encourage Yemenis revolt against Houthi rebels and ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Yemeni news websites reported early on Thursday that the government had moved from the Saudi capital, Riyadh, to the temporary capital southern Yemen, Aden.

The Arabic-language Al Mashhad al Yamani, a Yemeni news website, quoted a source at the prime minister office as saying that an airplane carrying Prime Minister Bin Daghr and the majority of ministers would soon take off to Aden.

The sources said that the Yemeni cabinet had decided to return to Aden after completing a number of governmental files, which enables it to manage the state affairs from liberated Yemeni areas.

Yemen’s government had temporary returned three times to Aden since President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi was sent into exile, after Saleh and his Houthi supporters seized the capital city of Sana’a in 2014.

Yemen’s exiled President Hadi had issued several presidential decisions earlier, including a limited cabinet reshuffle and technical ministerial changes. Hadi also issued a decision to move the headquarters of the country’s central bank and its operational administration from the capital Sana’a to Aden.

A war is fuming between Houthi rebels, who control the capital where the Central Bank is situated, and the internationally recognized government of Daghr based in the southern city of Aden.