Troops from coali­tion take neigh­bor­hood

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - NATION+WORLD -

SANAA, YE­MEN >> Troops from a U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coali­tion pounded Houthi rebel po­si­tions in Ye­men’s Hodeida with airstrikes 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.

An Emi­rati-trained force known as the Gi­ants, 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 (3 miles) 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 Shi­ite 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.

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