ADEN, Yemen - Yemeni government forces, supported by the Saudi-led Arab coalition, advanced on Friday and retook new areas from the Houthis, in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah.

Two brigades of Al-Amaliqah (Giants) forces, loyal to Yemen's government, took full control of the centre and large areas of Tuhyata district in Hodeidah, following intense armed confrontations with the Houthi rebels.

The ongoing large-scale military operation against Houthi hideouts in Tuhyata began on Thursday, with direct support from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Government institutions and the police station were seized by the anti-Houthi forces, that are continuing attacking remaining pockets of the rebels in Tuhyata.

The ongoing military operations succeeded in disrupting the Houthi supply lines in Tuhyata and surrounding areas, leaving scores of rebels killed, according to military official based in Hodeidah.

Yemen's Defence Ministry confirmed that, large areas of Tuhyata district were liberated from the Houthi rebels, who started using citizens as human shields, after their failure in the military confrontation.

Strategically situated on the Red Sea coast, Hodeidah, Yemen's fourth largest city with a population of 600,000, is the only major port city under Houthis' control.


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