Yemeni armed forces say they are 15 km from Hodeidah city

Yemen’s National Army seized Wednesday heavy weapons and rockets from Houthi militias, while intense fighting is taking place on the outskirts of Hodeidah airport.

Al Arabiya correspondent reported that the Yemeni armed forces were 15 km away from Hodeidah.

Earlier, Houthi militias looted institutions in Hodeidah, such as the branch of the Central Bank there, in what appears to be a move ahead of their withdrawal from the city.

In other developments according to Asharq al-Awsat newspaper, Houthi militias in Hodeidah have removed tens of Iranian military experts to other palces for their safety,, after the Yemeni armed forces backed by the Arab coalition advanced to the city center on the western coast of the country.

The newspaper quoted Walid al-Qadimi, deputy governor of Hodeidah, as saying that 50 Iranian experts have been transferred to the capital Sanaa and Hajjah governorate which is a stronghold of the Houthis.

The source added that ambulances have been used in transferring the Iranians, while a number of them still remained in the mountainous hills in Hodeideh.


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