ADEN, Yemen- Pro-government Yemeni forces, fully captured the international airport, in the western port city of Hodeidah following fierce battles with the Houthi rebels, Yemen's Defence Ministry said.

With support of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi-led war planes, the joint Yemeni government forces took full control of the airport, after the escape of Houthi militants, the ministry declared in a statement.

Colonel Abu Zara'a al-Mahrami, general commander of the Coast Front in Hodeidah, declared, "all parts of Hodeidah airport have fallen to the hands of the forces of Al-Amaliqah Brigades and it's out of Houthis control."

Sources confirmed that government forces seized the tower and runway of Hodeidah airport, and started to dismantle hundreds of landmines planted inside the facility.

Some buildings in the airport were partially destroyed, as a result of the Houthi shelling and air strikes by the Saudi-led war planes, the sources said.

Local sources noted that, the airport will now be used to bring in humanitarian aid or supplies for government forces, in the upcoming battles against the Houthi rebels.

Local army commanders said that, the Yemeni government forces entered the airport's main compound earlier in the day, and got engaged in intense battles with Houthi fighters in and around the facility.

Under orders by Yemen's President, Abdu-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, the Yemeni forces and the Saudi-led coalition launched the offensive against Hodeidah airport, as they aimed at capturing the airport, to besiege the Houthi forces by cutting their supply lines.


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