The Yemeni army and resistance forces, aided by the Arab coalition, officially launched the battle to liberate the city and port of Hodeidah, west of Yemen, on Wednesday at dawn.
A military source said a large-scale ground operation supported by the Arab coalition’s aerial and naval cover began to march towards Hodeidah in more than one axis.
Local sources said violent explosions were heard in the city’s suburbs. Later in the morning, the army announced it had gained control of the suburb of Nekhailah in southern Hodeidah.
“Liberating the port represents the beginning of the Houthis’ collapse. It will secure navigation in Bab-el-Mandeb Strait and it will cut off Iran’s hands that have drowned Yemen with weapons that are used to shed the Yemenis’ blood,” it added.
It also promised the Yemeni people that it will carry the good news “of liberating Hodeidah soon.”
The Yemeni army had in the past few hours pushed its military reinforcements to Hodeidah’s outskirts and deployed on the confrontation fronts to launch its decisive battle to liberate the city.
Military sources said the military tactic to liberate the city took into account shielding civilians and infrastructure during the battles.
Source : english.alarabiya.net