Yemeni army seizes entrance to Houthi-held Hodeidah airport

Yemeni army seizes entrance to Houthi-held Hodeidah airport

Saudi-led forces fought to retake the global airport of Yemen's rebel-held port city of Hodeida, Yemeni officials and witnesses said on Saturday, as their Shiite Houthi rebel rivals denied the coalition had seized the facility that is the starving nation's main gateway for food shipments.

Yemen's internationally-recognized government (currently based in the port city of Aden) and its Saudi-led allies accuse the Houthis of using the port to import weapons from Iran.

"The armed forces, which are supported by the Arab coalition have freed the al-Hodeida International Airport from the Houthi militias and the engineering teams have started to clean the airport and its surroundings from mines and bombs", the military said on its official Twitter account.

A source with the coalition-backed Yemeni military said troops had surrounded the main airport building.

He was expected to call for Houthi leaders to cede control of the port to a UN-supervised committee, and to avoid further fighting between rebels and the Arab coalition. The United Nations, which failed to find a diplomatic solution to head off the assault, fears the fighting will cut off the only lifeline for millions of Yemenis facing starvation.

Hodeidah is a main humanitarian port in Yemen, responsible for feeding 8.4 million people.

"We are not giving up", a Security Council diplomat said.

May 2015: More than 100,000 people flee the northern province of Saada, the heartland of the Houthis, after the coalition declares the entire province a military target.

United Nations envoy has so far done nothing for solving the crisis in Yemen, he said, adding that his acts are just aimed to cover coalition's aggression and he is playing a biased role, Abdol Salam noted.

Riyadh and Abu Dhabi say the Houthis are a proxy force for Iran, their regional arch-rival.

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The offensive in Hodeidah could trigger a starvation imperilling millions of lives, the United Nations has warned. "He provides a cover for the continued aggression", Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdul-Salam said on Houthi-run media.

It also says: "Hospitals can not function properly because there is no electricity, generators are not working, or there is no fuel to run them".

If the Hodeidah fighting drags on, causing big coalition casualties and an outcry over a humanitarian catastrophe, it may work in the Houthis' favor.

Hodeidah's provincial official Waleed Al Qudaim told Asharq Al-Awsat on Friday that the local legitimate authority has proposed an urgent humanitarian plan that should be implemented in parallel with the operation to liberate Hodeidah.

The coalition has superior weaponry, including fighter planes.

The war pits the resilient Houthis, highly experienced in mountain warfare, against the Saudi-led coalition with its superior weaponry, including fighter planes.

Human rights groups criticize the United States and other Western powers who have provided arms and intelligence to the Arab alliance over coalition air strikes that have led to hundreds of civilian deaths.

The coalition air campaign and Houthi bombardment have left more than 10,000 people dead and 2 million displaced, and devastated the country's already fragile infrastructure, including the health sector, which has helped spawn a cholera epidemic.

The Saudi-led coalition launched ground attacks on the airport and other neighborhoods in the southeastern part of the city with air and naval support, Gen. Mohsen Al Khosrof of the Yemeni National Army told CNN.

French special forces are on the ground in Yemen with the UAE forces, French newspaper Le Figaro reported on Saturday.

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