Fights in Yemen's grueling civil war broke out on Tuesday with Houthi rebels who said they had stopped their opponents, the US-backed Arab-led Arab coalition that wanted to oust them from power ,
The port city of Hodeida, in which the Iranian-backed Shiite rebels said in a nocturnal statement that a tripartite coalition attack had been halted with fierce fighting on the outskirts of the city and that they had lost at least 30 men and a dozen armored vehicles.
Dozens of fighters have been killed by both sides and hundreds wounded since the coalition offensive in the city began five days ago, after the Trump government demanded a ceasefire at the end of November. Witnesses told of bodies that were walking around on the ground, leaving behind burned vehicles on the outskirts of the city.
Local media reported that the coalition's air strikes continue and sporadic battles for Hodeida, especially in 50th Street and 7th Street July Quarter in the East. Other fronts are the provinces of Dhale and Bayda in the south and in the north in Hajjah and Saada, a stronghold of the Houthi.
The Houthis said in their statement that they had also stopped an attempt by Saudi army mercenaries "in Jizan Yemen, across the border in Saudi Arabia.
Witnesses say several civilians have been killed by shelling in residential areas
Meanwhile, the Norwegian Refugee Council said that millions of Yemenis are dying of hunger and death when the coalition led by Saudi Arabia continued the blockade of sea, land and air routes in the poorest country in the Arab world.
The coalition curtailed access to Yemen last November after a rocket attack had attacked the Saudi capital Riad 1
The Saudi Arabia-led coalition supporting the internationally recognized Yemeni government has been at war with the Houthi rebels it March 2015 in a stalemate that has triggered the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. Hodeida, the main humanitarian aid portal for the suffering population, has become the epicenter of the conflict.
The US has sold billions worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia and provides logistical and other support to the coalition.