Arab-backed Yemeni militiamen captured Aden’s main port and a neighboring district Wednesday, a big prize in their battle to drive Houthi forces from the southern city, residents and fighters said.

Coming a day after the fighters wrested the city’s airport and another district from the Houthis, the advance has dealt the biggest setback yet to the Iran-allied Houthis in more than three months of war that has killed more than 3,000 people.

Houthi forces withdrew from the port and the neighboring Mualla district. They were locked Wednesday afternoon in heavy clashes with militiamen trying to seize an area called Crater, residents said, using intense sniper fire from volcanic crags which overlook the seaside metropolis.

Medics said dozens of combatants and civilians had been killed in the last two days of fighting and the main hospital made an urgent appeal for blood donations.

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