PENTAGON BACKS RIYADH’S DECISION
> Pentagon chief Jim Mattis says he supports Saudi Arabia’s decision.
> The Pentagon had provided refuelling capabilities for about 20 per cent of coalition planes flying sorties over Yemen
> The decision came after the coalition said it has boosted its capability to independently carry out the refuelling.
> Coalition warplanes continued to pound the strategic city of Hodeida
> Despite Houthi attacks, forces made fresh advances in the city.