Yemeni pro-gov't forces shoot down Houthi drone in Hodeidah

Source: Xinhua| 2019-04-04 19:39:18|Editor: xuxin
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ADEN, Yemen, April 4 (Xinhua) -- Yemeni pro-government forces announced on Thursday the abortion of an attack by a Houthi-guided drone in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah.

A statement revealed by the pro-government Giants Brigades said that "a Houthi drone was shot down before reaching its target on the air space Fazah area west of Tuhyata district in the province of Hodeidah."

The pro-government forces managed to intercept the Houthi-guided drone loaded with high explosive materials without causing any casualties, the statement added.

The Iran-allied Houthi rebels control the city while the Saudi-backed government troops have advanced to the southeastern outskirts.

Hodeidah is the key lifeline entry point for the country's most food imports and humanitarian aid. The four-year grinding war has pushed over 20 million people to the verge of starvation.

Yemeni warring parties reached a peace deal on Hodeidah in December last year as a first step toward brokering a comprehensive political solution.

Sporadic breaches are daily recorded in Hodeidah as the two belligerent sides failed to withdraw their forces in accordance with an agreement reached in the Swedish capital Stockholm.