Col. Turki Al-Malki, spokesman of the Coalition forces to restore legitimacy in Yemen, said that the missile was launched deliberately from Saada governorate of Yemen to target densely populated civilian areas.
The Amaleqa brigades have captured dozens of rebel fighters, including minors, in the airport fighting, the official said.
Last Wednesday, government forces launched an offensive to clear Hodeida of rebel fighters, who have held it since 2014, raising United Nations concerns for vital aid shipments and commercial food imports through the city's docks.
Yemeni government forces taking position in the fight against Houthi rebels in Hodeida yesterday. "Battles are raging south of the airport under unprecedented air cover", he wrote on Facebook. He declined to offer the nationalities nor the numbers of troops now fighting in the Saudi-led coalition around Hodeida, only saying it had "numerical superiority" over the Houthis. Witnesses reported fire and thick smoke rising over the airport. "We are now destroying Houthi fortifications near the airport", he said in an interview with Al Arabiya television from Brussels, accusing the Houthis of placing tanks inside residential areas. He said four of the dead were women.
"The rebels have also begun to dig trenches in the streets", he said.
But after the UN's top envoy for Yemen flew out of the capital Tuesday without announcing a breakthrough in mediation, hope is dwindling for Ahmed. He briefed the Security Council by video from Sanaa on his proposals to restart political negotiations to end the three-year conflict in Yemen.
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The news conference came as the United Arab Emirates leads Yemeni fighters in an assault on the rebel-held port city of Hodeida that has been criticized by global rights groups.
The coalition has said it intends to quickly secure the port and then avoid pitched battles in Hodeidah city, where some 600,000 people are estimated to live.
Local human rights body, Lawyers for Liberty, says it is concerned with Malaysia's military involvement in the Saudi Arabia-led coalition war against Yemen that started in 2015 and continues to this day.
Their campaign has been criticized by worldwide aid groups, which fear a protracted fight could force a shutdown of the port and potentially tip millions into starvation.
During the war, the Saudi-led coalition has disrupted food and other supplies coming into Yemen by imposing a naval blockade on ports including Hodeidah, which they have said are used to smuggle in weapons. Around two-thirds of the country's population of 27 million relies on aid and 8.4 million are already at risk of starving.