Loyalists of Yemen’s exiled president captured Aden’s main port and a neighboring district on Wednesday, a big prize in their battle to drive Iran-backed Houthi militia group 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.

Houthi forces withdrew from the port and Mualla district into Tawahi and were slowing the militiamen’s advance in another area called Crater, using intense sniper fire from volcanic crags which overlook the seaside metropolis. […]