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Rebel forces chase President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi out of country

Yemeni security and port officials say the President left the country by sea, on a boat from the port of Aden

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Yemeni president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has fled the country following the rapid advancement of rebel forces.

According to AP, Yemeni security and port officials say the President left the country by sea, on a boat from the port of Aden, as Shiite rebels and their allies advanced on the southern city.

Reports say Hadi left with his aides this afternoon and the entourage departed by two boats, under heavy security. His escape from Yemen comes as the rebels, Houthis, are closing in on Aden and the city's fall appears imminent.

Earlier in the week, Hadi had appealed to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for military assistance even as  the United Nations said that the country will hold peace talks in Doha aimed at resolving the situation.

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