The rare display came as the UAE-backed Amaleqa brigades, supported by airstrikes and naval shelling from the Saudi-led coalition, tried to storm the southern and western parts of the Hodeida airport.
The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says heavy fighting poses a danger to the warehouses used for humanitarian aid located in Yemen's port city of Hodeida. Fierce fighting this month has displaced 5,200 families mostly from districts south of the city, United Nations officials said, adding that the number of those fleeing the violence was expected to rise. He said four of the dead were women.
The Twitter account Sahel Almakha which is affiliated with the Yemeni army said legitimate forces seized control of the area of Al-Manzar and other areas west of the airport and advanced east towards Kilo 16 Road which links between Hodeidah and Sanaa and seized control of it.
Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman for the United Nations secretary-general, said about 5,200 families or about 26,000 people have left the region to seek safety adding that "the number is expected to increase as hostilities continue".
The ambassador said that the Houthi militias have exploited the Hodeida port to prolong the war and the suffering of the Yemeni people.
In a bid to break the stalemate, the coalition attacked heavily defended Hodeidah a week ago, pledging a swift operation to minimize civilian casualties and avoid disrupting vital aid to millions of Yemenis via the Red Sea port.
Yemeni government forces, backed by the United Arab Emirates, entered Hodeida airport on Tuesday, the UAE said, as the fight for control of the rebel-held port city intensifies.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief media.
A top Emirati official acknowledged how the campaign for Hodeida goes will determine the likelihood of an end to Yemen's war.
About 70 percent of Yemen's food and most of the humanitarian aid and fuel supplies enter through the port.
The UAE, previously called "Little Sparta" by U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, has a Western-armed military of 63,000 troops. Around two-thirds of the country's population of 27 million relies on aid and 8.4 million are already at risk of starving.
Colonel al-Malki referred to the process and the political efforts in Yemen, the most recent of which was the visit of UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffith to Yemen in early June, during which he met with the Yemeni President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi and some representatives of the countries of the region, before moving to Sana'a.
The battle for Hudaydah was the Saudi-led coalition's largest military operation since it intervened in the Yemeni conflict in 2015.