ADEN, Yemen- Yemeni forces, backed by Saudi-led coalition, took over "key military sites and training camps" from the Houthi rebels, in the Red Sea coastal city of Hodeidah, a military official, said.

Pro-government Giants Brigades, carried out a swift operation, and managed to achieve complete control over some sites and training camps, from the hands of the Shiite Houthis, the Hodeidah-based military official, said.

Saudi-led air strikes heavily hit the training camps of the Houthis in Aljarahi district of Hodeidah, and made it easier for pro-government forces to advance on the ground. After securing the military sites in Aljarahi, the pro-government forces advanced to the adjacent areas, and engaged in heavy fighting with the Houthi rebels.

Meanwhile, the Houthi-affiliated Masirah television network, reported that several air strikes were launched by the Saudi-led coalition, against a farm used by beekeepers in Hodeidah. "The air strikes by the aggression coalition killed five beekeepers in Al Haly district of Hodeidah," the TV channel said.

The Yemeni government has been trying to expel Houthi rebels out of the strategic port city of Hodeidah, militarily in recent days, despite warnings issued by international humanitarian agencies. The impoverished Arab country has been locked into a civil war since Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels overran much of the country militarily and seized all northern provinces, including the capital Sanaa, in 2014.

Saudi Arabia led an Arab military coalition to intervene in Yemen in 2015, to support the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, after Iran-backed Houthi rebels forced him into exile.


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