Yemen pro-government forces are planning to isolate Houthi fighters in Hodeidah from other rebel-held areas by cutting off their main supply route, almost one week into an offensive to recapture the vital port city.
A resident said the forces stormed the airport after fierce battles broke out early in the morning between coalition forces and Iran-aligned Houthi fighters who hold the main port city of Hodeidah.
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 spokesman for Yemen's armed forces says the airport is still controlled by the Yemeni forces. "Coalition will continue to work with aid agencies on the ground to ensure that once the port is liberated we will quickly increase the capacity of the port".
Around 22 million people are now in need of aid in Yemen, with 8.4 million on the brink of starvation, according to the UN. "It took them longer than anticipated, but that also translated to a high cost for the Houthis", said Peter Salisbury, a senior fellow at Chatham House's Middle East & North Africa Program.
"They told us that some humanitarian organisations are going to send buses but then they said no buses could come in or out".
Arab coalition spokesman Turki al-Malki said Griffiths was trying to find political solutions amid Houthi "intransigence over handing over Hodeidah city and port".
Emirati officials said they included Iranian-labeled components inside equipment used to produce and load fuel for rockets the rebels have fired across the border at Saudi Arabia.
United Nations envoy Martin Griffiths held four days of talks in the rebel-held capital Sanaa in a bid to avert an all-out battle for the city but flew out on Tuesday without announcing any breakthrough.
On the other side, Bishr said, Houthi fighters are firing back using tanks, adding that "smokes could be seen rising above the airport amid the air strikes and tanks' shelling".
The Houthis, who control the most populated regions in the chronically unstable nation of 30 million people, deny they are puppets of Iran.
Most of these missiles were intercepted by Saudi air forces, but a few fell into residential areas and caused casualties and damage.
Coalition-backed pro-government forces on Wednesday began the largest attack against the Huthi rebels in the past three years in the aim of retaking Hodeida.