Backed by the Arab Coalition Forces, the Joint Resistance Forces continue to advance on Hodiedah’s Airport, controlling the Airport’s entrance as well as its southern part after violent clashes and confrontations with the fighters of the Houthi militia.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Joint Resistance Forces have launched a major assault to liberate the city of Hodeidah and regain control over its strategic port.
“We are at the edges of the airport and are working to secure it now,” the Arab coalition said in a statement to Reuters. “Operational priority is to avoid civilian casualties, maintain the flow of humanitarian aid, and allow for the UN to press the Houthis to evacuate the city.”
The National Resistance Spokesperson said that the Joint Resistance Forces have captured the Airport’s southern entrance, as they continue to advance towards the strategic port of Hodeidah city.
At least 70 Houthis were killed on Friday in the ongoing fighting, reported Sky News.
Apache attack helicopters hovered over the Manzar neighborhood, firing at Houthi snipers and fighters in schools and other buildings, another resident, who asked not to be identified told Asharq Al-Awsat.
Houthi forces had entered homes overlooking the main road to go onto the roofs. Dozens of Manzar residents fled to the city center on motorcycles, the resident said.
Streets elsewhere in the city were empty despite the Eid holiday, which mark the end of the Ramadan fast.
The airport has been defunct since 2014, when the Houthis seized the capital, Sanaa.