Former Yemen president Ali Abdullah Saleh said he would not leave the country in a post on his official Facebook page on Friday, contradicting reports in the Gulf Arab media that he sought a safe exit.
Rebel forces penetrated deep into the former southern stronghold of Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi Thursday as al Qaeda freed hundreds of inmates in a jailbreak elsewhere in the chaos-hit country.
Air India on Monday flew its first flight to airlift hundreds of Indians stranded in the strife- torn Yemen, soon after the government decided to evacuate its citizens amid the chaotic situation in the Gulf country.
Army officers loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, an ally of Yemen`s Houthi group, expressed "utter rejection" of any foreign intervention to end the country`s conflict, according to a statement carried on a website affiliated to Saleh.
Anti-government forces advanced Tuesday toward President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi`s refuge of Aden in southern Yemen, fighting fierce battles with loyalist forces in which at least 30 people were killed.