WATCH: Yemeni army storms Hodeidah airport barrier

A column of Yemeni pro-government forces and armoured vehicles arrives in al-Durayhimi district, about nine kilometres south of Hodeidah international airport on June 13, 2018. (AFP)

The Yemeni army said on Sunday evening that its forces stormed the barrier of the Hodeidah Airport and began purging it amid fierce battles against the Houthis in the city.

The Sahel Almakha page affiliated with the army published a video showing the moment and said the army will continue fighting until the airport is fully liberated.

Sources said the battle to liberate the Hodeidah Airport entered its final stages on Sunday night after the army forces advanced towards the western gate and isolated the rest of the Houthis in Hodeidah from the battle at the airport.

Sources said the western gate, which is the airport’s main gate, is now under the control of the army and the resistance forces, adding that the rest of the militia fighters fled to the northern part of the airport leaving behind the bodies of the deceased fighters, weapons and ammunition.

Meanwhile, the coalition forces launched airstrikes to comb the southern and western parts of the airport. The coalition’s vehicles used their machine guns to blow up hundreds of mines, which the rebels had planted, to open the road for the legitimate forces to advance towards the airport’s western gate.

Sources added that army units and resistance forces, aided by the coalition forces, resumed their operations to circumvent around the Houthi militias from two axes. The first one is east of the airport by advancing towards the Kilo 16 Road to cut the Sanaa-Hodeidah route and the second is at Al-Mina Street, which is the coastal way that leads to the strategic port of Hodeidah and which is less than 10 kilometers away from the airport.
 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:57 - GMT 06:57
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