A Yemeni commander has said that airstrikes have hit government forces near Aden, killing at least 30 troops. 

Col. Mohamed al-Oban, a commander of the special forces in Abyan province, said the troops were headed towards the port city on Thursday to fight the UAE-backed southern separatists.

He didn’t say who was behind the strikes, saying only the planes were from the Saudi-led coalition. 

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The attack comes a day after government forces entered the city in a bid to retake it from the separatists.

Additional reporting by agencies