Aden port secured, but word has still to spread

Mohammed Al Qalisi

ADEN // Aden’s port has been reopened for business after months of fierce fighting to repel an attempted rebel takeover of the city, but the challenge now is to convince all traders and shipping firms that it is safe, local businessmen say.

The Houthi rebels took over the port after attacking Aden in late March, cutting off the main entry point for goods into country’s south and creating severe shortages of essential supplies.

“During the war we could not import any foodstuffs through Aden port and our goods were held up in Djibouti,” said Fahd Bahomaish, 66, a local foodstuffs trader.

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