Yemen pro-govt forces seize Hodeida airport from Houthi rebels.

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In Yemen, UAE backed pro-government forces today seized Hodeida airport from the Houthi rebels. Coalition commander for the Red Sea coast, Abdul Salaam al-Shehi said, the airport was completely cleared. UAE’s state news agency, WAM said, troops had gained control of large parts of the facility and that dozens of Houthi rebels were dead or wounded.

Last week, government forces had launched an offensive to clear Hodeida of rebel fighters who have held it since 2014, raising UN concerns for vital aid shipments and commercial food imports through the city’s docks. The port is crucial to the delivery of aid supplies to Yemen, where 8.4 million people are at risk of famine.

Yemen has been devastated by a conflict that escalated in early 2015, when the Houthis seized control of much of the west of the country, including the capital Sanaa, and forced President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi to flee abroad.

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