ADEN, Yemen- Yemeni government forces, backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), managed Wednesday, to completely cut a key supply line for Houthis in the Red Sea coastal city of Hodeidah, a military official told Xinhua.

The Yemeni government troops succeeded in cutting off the "Kilo16 road," the only supply route linking Houthi-controlled areas in the north, with the port city of Hodeidah, the military source said on condition of anonymity.

The progress came, following a series of air strikes launched by the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi-held areas and military bases in Hodeidah, the source said.

Government forces were deployed to secure the liberated areas in Hodeidah, amid sporadic fighting with Houthis, he said. Heavy armoured vehicles of the pro-government Giants Brigades were deployed in and around government institutions and key entrances of Hodeidah, after expelling the Houthi rebels, according to the source.

Meanwhile, medics at hospitals in Bajel area of Hodeidah, confirmed to Xinhua by phone that "ambulances transferred scores of Houthi dead bodies from different fighting areas in Hodeidah."

"A high-ranking field commander of the Houthi ground was killed by an air strike and transferred amongst the dead bodies," one of the medics said. Houthi officials couldn't be reached to verify the pro-government claims regarding the situation in Hodeidah.

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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