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Clashes at Yemen’s Hodeidah Corniche that Leads to Port

Clashes at Yemen’s Hodeidah Corniche that Leads to Port

Thursday, 21 June, 2018 - 05:30
File photo: Yemen's Red Sea port of Hodeida. AFP/ Abdo Hyder
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Yemeni military sources asserted on Wednesday that clashes between Joint Yemeni forces backed by the Arab Coalition and rebels in the city of Hodeidah have moved to the Corniche street that leads to the strategic port.

Secretary of Hodeidah district Waleed Al Qadimi told Asharq Al-Awsat on Wednesday that the Yemeni Army and Resistance forces moved towards the district of Rabsa, near the airport, which the militias have taken as their base to secure the transport of tanks and mortar projectiles to attack the airport and take civilians as human shields.

Wednesday’s developments came after Joint forces liberated the airport and began minesweeping operations. The legitimate government wants the airport to start functioning again as part of its broader plan to revive the facility’s services.

On the other hand, Houthi militias tightened the grip on Hodeidah residents, forcing thousands of people to escape from the city after they turned roads into trenches as part of their preparations for street battles with legitimate forces.

Also Wednesday, President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi said following an extraordinary Cabinet meeting in the interim capital Aden that military operations will continue in all fronts until Yemeni forces reach the capital and restore state institutions with the Saudi-led Arab Coalition's support.

The Kingdom sent Wednesday a 45-locomotive convoy, carrying 924 tons and 462 kilograms of foodstuffs, medical and housing supplies to the province of Hodeidah.

Advisor at the Royal Court, Supervisor General of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah said the convoy comes within the series of projects provided by the Center to Yemen, which have so far reached 262 projects implemented in all Yemeni governorates.

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