Houthi shelling of medical facility in Yemen’s Hodeidah results in casualties

File photo taken from a nearby shantytown in Hodeidah, Yemen June 16, 2018. (Reuters)

In the latest security development in Yemen, Al Arabiya news channel's correspondent said on Friday that many casualties have been reported in Hodeidah governorate as a result of the pro-Iranian Houthi militias’ shelling of a medical facility in the al-Khokha area.

Earlier, the militias forced residents living in areas close to battlefronts south east of Hodeidah to evacuate their homes and relocate to other areas.

Local sources reported that the Houthi militias used these evacuated houses as military positions, deploying in them hundreds of snipers, while placing at the entrances of the neighborhoods, armored vehicles and artillery.

Sources in the Yemeni national army confirmed that the Houthi militias are using the local residents as human shields, and are shelling from within the residential neighborhoods in the city center, an area where the national army forces are concentrated in on the southern and eastern sides of the city.

Meanwhile, coalition fighter jets dropped leaflets at the towns of Madinat Zabid and Husseiniya in the province of Hodeidah, confirming that they were continuing to liberate those areas, calling on the residents of these areas not to support the militias in their losing war.

Coalition fighter jets launched raids on several positions of the Houthi militias in the areas of al-Durahimi and the northern region in the Kilo 16 areas.

The coalition raids destroyed a large number of armored vehicles for the Houthis east of al-Duraihmi.

30 Houthi militias’ members killed

On another military development, 30 members of the Houthi militias’ members were killed by airstrikes launched by the coalition fighter jets, targeting a gathering for the militias in al-Rahida district south west of Taiz governorate, late Thursday night.

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