Coalition spokesman: Houthis trying to cover losses through false propaganda

Col. Turki al-Malki, spokesman for the coalition fighting the Houthi militias, during a press conference. (Al Arabiya)

Spokesman for the Coalition fighting to support legitimacy in Yemen, Col. Turki al-Malki, said on Monday that the Houthi militias are trying to cover their losses through false propaganda, especially in connection with the battle to liberate Hodeidah city, stressing that the militias received heavy blows on the fronts of Saada and Hodeidah.

During a press conference on Monday that the UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths has been trying to persuade the Houthis to hand over the port of Hodeidah but that the militants have ignored the request.

The spokesman stressed that the "the liberation of the city of Hodeidah and its harbor is an inherent right of the Yemeni government based on international laws and in accordance with resolution 2216," adding that the liberation of Hodeidah will lead to the "cutting off Iranian hands", which will stop the smuggling of Iranian weapons to the Houthis.

Malki revealed that the Yemeni armed forces were "on the verge of regaining full control over Hodeidah airport.

The coalition also confirmed that humanitarian aid continues to enter Hodeidah and all areas despite the hostilities while adding that they continues to give maritime, land and air permits for aid to enter Yemen.

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