Yemeni joint forces backed by Saudi-led coalition made on Wednesday a notable advance in south and east of the western port city of Hodeida, in the fiercest battles with Houthi (Ansarullah) forces since they erupted by the end of last week.
Joint forces arrived few hours ago at the eastern gate of Hodeida airport, City Max Center and Yemani Factory, and they engaged in violent fighting with Houthis around Coastal Defense Camp and Combating School to the southeastern the port city, field sources told Debriefer.
According to Joint Forces' sources, "trained military units combed Matahin (millers) intersection and the nearby, before the forces launched a sudden attack by which they took control of the whole Red Sea Millers.
"The attack also led to control over Hyundai workshop, and made posts surrounding City Max Center under forces' fire range," said the sources. "Special units delved deeper into 50-meter Street, to the east of Hodeida."
The Yemeni Joint Forces (JF) were formed of three military divisions, most notably Amaliqa (giants) brigades, all elements of which are from south Yemen, forces led by Tariq Saleh, nephew of late president Saleh, or the so-called 'National Resistance', and the Yemeni Government-led Tehama Resistance, forces of which are from the western coast.
All the JF units are mainly backed by the United Arab Emirates, the key partner in the Saudi-led Arab coalition supporting legitimacy in Yemen and intervened militarily in the country in March 2015 to reinstall Hadi.
Hadi-run websites state that no less than 23 Houthi elements were killed in Wednesday battles and 14 others including snipers surrendered, and that tens of Houthi leaders and armed men left Hodeida towards Sana'a and Hajja.
Amaliqa forces took control of Kamaran District and Hamadi Company, following "successful encirclement from the south, and arrived at Camels Intersection", said the websites. "The JF forces are involved in street battles with Houthi forces positioned in residential neighborhoods."