(From NBC News)
Saudi-led forces heading an assault on Yemen’s rebel-held port city of Hodeida seized control of its international airport on Saturday, officials loyal to Yemen’s exiled government said, as fierce fighting continued for the starving nation’s main gateway for food shipments.
Engineers worked to clear mines from areas around Hodeida International Airport, just south of the city of some 600,000 people on the Red Sea, the military of Yemen’s exiled government said.
“The armed forces which are supported by the Arab coalition has freed the al-Hodeida International Airport from the Houthi militias and the engineering teams have started to clean the airport and its surroundings from mines and bombs,” the military said on its official Twitter account.
Other government officials and witnesses later said coalition forces had not yet fully taken control of the airport facility. They said heavy fighting was ongoing just outside gates of the airport.
Yemen’s Shiite rebels known as Houthis, who hold the country’s capital of Sanaa, did not immediately acknowledge losing the airport.