Houthis trapped Hodeidah seaport in anticipation of coalition liberation: report

Houthi fighters ride on the back of a truck during a parade in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, Yemen August 24, 2017. (File photo: Reuters)

Fighting intensified against Houthi militias in Yemen’s western Hodeidah province, where an Arab coalition is supporting pro-government forces on the ground.

The coalition and the Yemeni army advanced about 60 km along the west coast, south of Hodeidah, and are advancing towards the city's northern airport, a report by pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat read.

Al Arabiya correspondent later reported that the Yemeni armed forces were 15 km away from Hodeidah.

The newspaper quoted sources saying Houthi militias have booby-trapped the port of Hodeidah and robbed other buildings in anticipation of the army’s liberation of the strategic seaport.

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They also pushed hundreds among their ranks of militia fighters in Sanaa, Imran and other areas to commit suicidal attacks to protect Hodeidah, where the victory of the Yemeni army and coalition forces is imminent.

The sources also said the joint forces inflicted heavy blows to the militias using coalition air strikes and intensive operations by Apache helicopters, which killed and wounded dozens of Houthi fighters.

The attacks forced Houthi reinforcements at the southern border of Hodeidah to retreat.

Coalition air forces successfully intercepted six ballistic missiles launched earlier on Tuesday by Houthi militias targeting camps for legitimate forces in al-Khokha coastal town of Hodeidah.

The aircraft also targeted barracks of the militant group as well as other militant targets south and southeast of Sanaa. The coalition strikes extended to Houthi sites and camps in Ibb and Taiz.

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