SANAA, Yemen- Yemen's Houthi rebels, on Thursday, denied reports that a cease-fire was reached between their fighters and the Saudi-led coalition, in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, a news agency reported.

"The Saudi-led coalition has been trying to ease international humanitarian pressure on its countries, by spreading rumours about a truce," Houthi government spokesman, Dhaif-Allah al-Shami, said, in a statement.

"The reports of Hodeidah truce is baseless and aimed to mislead the world public opinion," he added.

"What has been going on in Hodeidah was that, the coalition forces are preparing for a further military escalation," al-Shami noted.

Earlier in the day, Houthi media reported that, clashes broke out between their fighters and the government troops, backed by the coalition, in and around the port city.

In the capital Sanaa, also under the Houthis' control, a coalition air strike hit the Sanaa International Airport, in the evening, according to the residents and Houthi media.

The Yemeni government sees the capture of Hodeidah as a potential major victory, in the four-year-long civil war, as the loser of the battle is likely to be forced to sit down at the negotiating table.


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