Yemeni army retakes Hodeidah Airport after battle against Houthi militia

Yemen's army on Tuesday regained control of Hodeidah Airport after a major battle supported by an Arab Coalition against Houthi militias in the main port city.

"With the participation and support of the Emirati armed forces, the joint Yemeni resistance (army) entered Hodeida airport," the UAE state news agency WAM tweeted on Tuesday.

It was earlier reported that the Arab coalition entered the main compound of the airport, Yemeni military sources in the alliance and a resident told Reuters news agency.

"They have stormed the airport," said one Yemeni military source. A resident said the forces stormed the airport after fierce battles broke out early in the morning between coalition forces and Iran-aligned Houthi fighters.

False propaganda

Spokesman for the Arab Coalition, 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.

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