Giants Brigade, backed by Apache attack helicopters, secured an urban area along 50th Street
Sana’a – Troops from a Saudi-led coalition pounded Al Houthi positions in Yemen’s Hodeida with air strikes and a ground assault on Wednesday and now control a major road leading into the city, military officials and witnesses on both sides of the front line said.
A UAE-trained force known as the Giants Brigade, backed by Apache attack helicopters, secured an urban area along 50th Street, which leads to the city’s key Red Sea port facilities some 5 kilometers away, they added.
Speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals or lack of authorization to brief journalists, they said that the Iran-backed rebels had been firing mainly from elevated and rooftop sniper positions, and have now resorted to burning tires to obscure the gunships’ view. Most civilians have fled the area, they said.
Dozens of fighters have been killed and hundreds wounded from both sides since a renewed coalition offensive on the city began five days ago.