Yemeni army makes strategic gains east of Hodeidah

File photo of armoured vehicles belonging to al-Amaliqa Brigades driving along a road during the offensive to seize the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah. (AFP)

The Yemeni armed forces made strategic gains on Sunday after reaching al-Saleh city east of Hodeidah as fierce battles are being fought beyond the Kilo 19 area.

The Yemeni Defense Ministry said that those advances were made by the national army’s elite unit- the Giant Brigades- and local forces known by the name Tihama Resistance- loyal to Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and fighting alongside the Arab coalition backing the legitimate government.

The national army also took control of the “Yemen Mobile” roundabout, gaining control of the faculty of Engineering in the city.

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The Yemeni army battled the Houthi militias on the southern entrance of Hodeidah after an offensive operation launched from al-Manar district.

Fierce battles also continue in several axes amid military field progress.

According to military sources, the Houthi militias suffered dozens of deaths and injuries among their fighters, as well as the destruction of ammunition and military equipment.

Earlier in the day, sources reported that a senior Houthi field commander was killed along with 15 other militiamen in clashes with the Yemeni army in Hodeidah.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:58 - GMT 06:58
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