Saudi-led invading forces bogged down outside Hudaydah: Yemen's Ansarullah
Yemen's Ansarullah movement have dismissed reports that Saudi-led invading forces have seized the airport in the port city of Hudaydah, saying the aggressors are on the retreat on all front lines.
According to reports, Takfiri terrorists and foreign mercenaries armed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are attempting to capture the well-defended city and push the Ansarullah and Yemeni forces out of their sole Red Sea port in the biggest battle of the war.
"A battle of attrition awaits the Saudi alliance which it cannot withstand. The Saudi coalition will not win the battle in Hudaydah," Ansarullah spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam told Lebanon-based al-Mayadeen TV.
Saudi Arabia on Sunday conducted airstrikes on the airport, to support forces attempting to seize it. The official SABA news agency said warplanes carried out five strikes on Hudaydah - a lifeline to millions of Yemenis.
Ground troops including Emiratis, Sudanese and their mercenaries have surrounded the main airport compound.
Mohammed al-Sharif, deputy head of Yemen's civil aviation, said images circulated online about the airport had been taken in October 2016.
A fence shown as proof of the airport's capture is actually situated near the al-Durayhimi district, on a piece of land belonging to a Yemeni lawmaker, the official Saba news agency quoted him as saying.
Ahmed Taresh, the head of Hudaydah airport, also rejected the news of the airport's capture, but said that it has been completely destroyed in airstrikes conducted by the Saudi-led coalition.
Abdulsalam warned that the Saudi-UAE offensive against the port city would undermine chances for a peaceful settlement of the Yemen crisis.
A Yemeni military source said clashes had left 50 Saudi-backed invading forces dead and destroyed 13 of their armored vehicles in southern Hudaydah.
Yemeni forces have also managed to confiscate a French or American ship off Hudaydah's coast, president of the Houthi Revolutionary Committee Mohammed Ali al-Houthi tweeted.