Al Jazeera reports Abdulghani Abdulsallam mistakenly thought that by escaping from his home in the war-wracked southern Yemeni port city of Aden, he would find a safe haven in Mukalla, the capital of Hadramout province. The strategic city of Aden was embroiled in conflict in early February, when Houthi fighters, who are in full control of the capital and many other Yemeni provinces, sent troops to capture President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who later fled to Saudi Arabia. The Houthi incursion into Aden set off bloody confrontations with fighters and army soldiers loyal to Hadi and triggered Saudi-led coalition air strikes, plunging the city into a humanitarian crisis. The fighting has driven hundreds of families out of their homes and left many others stranded in the city. Approaching Mukalla, however, Abdulsallam found that he had not fully escaped the war. "When I arrived in the city of Mukalla, I heard big bangs and learned later that al-Qaeda had taken control of the city," Abdulsallam said.