Yemen forces seize hospital in Hodeida

Yemeni pro-government forces advance towards the port area from the eastern outskirts of Hodeida.-AFP
AFP

Hodeida - The rebels have put up fierce resistance to the loyalist advance towards the city's vital docks.



By AFP

Published: Sat 10 Nov 2018, 9:00 PM

Last updated: Sun 11 Nov 2018, 8:30 AM

Yemeni government forces pressed further into the strategic port city of Hodeida, seizing its main hospital in heavy fighting on Saturday, as their Saudi-led coalition and Washington agreed to end US refuelling support.
A loyalist official said mortar rounds were "falling like rain" in the streets as troops weathered rebel-laid mines and snipers to take control of the main hospital in the city of some 600,000 people.
The rebels have put up fierce resistance to the loyalist advance towards the city's vital docks, which are the point of entry for 80 per cent of Yemen's commercial imports and nearly all UN supervised humanitarian aid.
Yemeni officials said on Saturday that pro-government forces had captured the May 22 Hospital.
Amnesty International had accused the Houthis of "deliberate militarisation" of the facility after they posted snipers on its roof.


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