An earlier version of this article misidentified Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi in the headline as Yemen’s prime minister. Hadi is Yemen’s president.

Rebel forces have withdrawn from Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi’s palace in his former southern stronghold in Aden after overnight air raids by the Saudi-led coalition, a senior official said.

“The Houthi militia and their allies withdrew before dawn from the Al-Maashiq palace,” the official in Aden, who did not want to be named, said on Friday.

A security source and the official Saudi news agency SPA also reported the rebels had quit the palace. “It was just a gimmick, and they were never going to be there for a long time,” Muhamed Qubaty, a former political advisor to Yemeni government,  told Al Jazeera.