Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency, Brigadier General Sharaf Luqman rejected media reports claiming that the Saudi-led coalition and its mercenaries have entered the Hudaydah airport, saying, “The airport is under our full control.”
“The military forces and (Houthi) fighters have been stationed inside and around the airport,” he added.
The commander further emphasized that the enemy has seen intensive air strikes as the only way to reach the airport.
Media reports said the Saudi-led coalition forces entered Hudaydah airport on Tuesday.
Since June 13, the Saudi-led coalition and its mercenaries have launched massive attacks to bring the port city under their control, but have failed to achieve their objective due to Yemenis’ resistance.
The United States, Britain and France have backed the coalition in the Yemen conflict and keep providing weapons to both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
While the Yemeni army and popular committees are fighting off the assailants and countering attacks on residential areas, international humanitarian organizations have warned of dire consequences of any escalation of violence around Hudaydah.
UN Humanitarian Coordinator Lise Grande recently said “as many as 250,000 people may lose everything -even their lives,” if there is a military attack on Hudaydah.