Yemen says national army just 20 km away from Hodeidah

A pro-government army soldier carries Yemen's national flag as he walks at the strategic Fardhat Nahm military camp, around 60km from Yemen's capital Sanaa. (File photo: Reuters)

Yemen’s National Army said on Monday that they were just 20 km away from Hodeidah and were close to recapturing of the city’s sea and airport.

The statement comes just days after Yemen's Houthi leader Abdelmalik al-Houthi acknowledged the defeats his militias suffered from in the west coast and called on his supporters not to flee.

“Any retreat for objective reasons does not mean the end of the battle,” Houthi said in a televised speech broadcast by Al Masirah channel on Sunday.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:52 - GMT 06:52