The Yemeni official further said the coalition had so far failed to capture the strategic airport let alone the port city itself despite all their forces and military equipment, adding that the Saudi-led alliance tried hard to launch a successful media war against Yemeni forces and to lower their morale by spreading fake news, including the purported fall of the airport.
Abuzaraa al-Mahrabi, a commander for the Army loyal to the internationally-backed Yemeni government said that Houthi insurgents had relinquished control of the airport and fled north back into Hudaydah city.
Those advanced drones have been flown into the radar arrays of Saudi Arabia's Patriot missile batteries, according to Conflict Armament Research, disabling them and allowing the Houthis to fire ballistic missiles into the kingdom unchallenged.
The officials say Tuesday the United Arab Emirates-backed Amaleqa brigades, backed by air cover from the Saudi-led coalition, have been trying to storm the southern and western parts of the airport under air cover from the Saudi-led coalition.
"The airport was completely cleared, Thank God, and is under control", the coalition commander for the Red Sea coast, Abdul Salaam Al-Shehi said speaking in Arabic in the video posted on Twitter.More news: Prime Minister sees off potential rebellion over Brexit bill
The UAE has said that an operation can be carried out quickly and that the coalition will keep the port open.
It lies eight kilometers from the city's port, through which three-quarters of Yemen's imports pass, providing a lifeline for some 22 million people dependent on aid. 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. "The fighting and the sounds of explosions are everywhere and we are stuck in our house in the district of Rabsa with no running water", Iman, a 37-year-old mother of two, said tearfully.
Witnesses, however, said that the coalition was targeting Houthi fighters when shrapnel hit the bus carrying the civilians. "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.
Meanwhile, the United Nations special envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, left Sanaa after three days of talks with rebel leaders. Iran has been accused by the USA and the United Nations of supplying ballistic missile technology to the Houthis, something Tehran denies. There were no comments yet from Houthi officials.
Saudi state TV had earlier said that Saudi air defenses had intercepted a Houthi missile launched on the city of Khamis Mushait, which is also in Asir.