Pro-government Yemeni forces say they have taken control of a key military base in the country's south. The base had been seized by rebels earlier in the conflict and had once housed U.S. intelligence operations.

The Defense Ministry, from Saudi Arabia where the Yemeni government is in exile, announced the "liberation of Al-Anad military base," thanking the Saudi-led coalition that has been targeting the rebels, known as Houthis, in an air-campaign since March.

The rebels issued a statement on the rebel-controlled news agency SABA, denying the base had been taken.

Pro-government troops, backed by tanks and armored personnel carriers, pushed toward base for days as coalition airstrikes cleared the path for their advance.

Al-Anad was once the site of U.S. operations against al-Qaida's powerful Yemeni affiliate.