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Spokesman: Yemen's Cabinet Returns to Country


FILE - Yemeni pro-goverment forces fighting Houthi rebels are seen riding military vehicles on a street in the port city of Aden, Yemen, July 14, 2015.

A Yemeni government spokesman says Yemen's Cabinet has returned to the country after spending months in exile in Saudi Arabia.

The spokesman Wednesday said the ministers will work out of the southern port city of Aden with a goal of restoring stability to the country.

There was no indication that President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi will return. He fled Yemen earlier this year as Shi'ite Houthi rebels closed in on his refuge in Aden.

Multiple parties have been fighting for control of Yemen since the Iranian-backed group seized the capital of Sana'a one year ago. The fighting and Saudi-led airstrikes on the Houthis have killed more than 4,500 people, including many civilians, and created a humanitarian disaster. Eighty percent of Yemenis are in desperate need of food and medicine.

The White House announced another $89 million in U.S. aid to Yemen Wednesday, including food, drinking water and emergency shelter.

It also said it is "disappointed" that U.N.-sponsored peace talks for Yemen may be delayed. The White House said it is clear the Yemeni people want the fighting to end as soon as possible, and called on all parties to come to the peace talks with no preconditions.