ADEN, Yemen- War planes of the Saudi Arabia-led coalition, carried out air strikes and targeted a base of Yemen's Republican Guards, controlled by Houthis, in the Red Sea coast city of Hodeidah.

A number of air strikes targeted a base of the elite Republican Guards forces, causing huge blasts amid reports of casualties among the rebels, a military official said.

The official of the pro-government Giants Brigades said, "Houthi operations rooms located inside the base might be destroyed, during the aerial bombardment." There are no immediate reports about the exact number of casualties, as Houthi rebels surrounded the bombing site and prevented local press from access.

The war planes kept hovering over the city's airspace, providing aerial support for the Saudi-backed Yemeni government forces, advancing against the Houthis in Hodeidah, according to the official.

Residents near the scene confirmed by phone, saying that, the base used by the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels was hit several times in the previous hours, and ambulances rushed to the targeted site.

Families were not able to flee their homes, as both warring sides blocked main roads, amid intense battles near residential areas, according to local citizens.

On Monday, government forces, backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), managed to cut supply lines linking Hodeidah with the Houthi-controlled capital, Sanaa.

In recent days, the Yemeni government seeks to expel the Houthi rebels out of the strategic port city of Hodeidah militarily, despite warnings issued by international humanitarian agencies.


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