Yemen's prime minister has arrived in the southern city of Aden, where the internationally-recognized government hopes to take up residence despite a wave of suicide bombings.

The arrival of Prime Minister Ahmed bin Dagher and a number of ministers on Monday came hours after the city's airport was attacked by militias, mostly disgruntled fighters who fought alongside the government against Shiite rebels known as Houthis.

The rebels seized the capital, Sanaa, in 2014. When they advanced on Aden the government relocated to Saudi Arabia.

Officials say the militias tried to storm the airport, setting off clashes with airport security forces. One civilian was killed.

Bin Dagher will be staying at a presidential palace, officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.