(MENAFN) After fighting escalated in the port city of Hudaydah in Yemen, Iran has sent a naval destroyer and a helicopter carrier to the strategic Gulf of Aden after fighting escalated in the port city of Hudaydah in Yemen.
The local Tasnim news agency said the Khark warship and the Sabalan destroyer had been sent to the Gulf of Aden which links the Indian Ocean to the Red Sea.
On Tuesday, Yemeni government forces supported by the Saudi-led coalition announced that they had taken over control of Hudaydah airport after violent confrontations with Houthi rebels.
The port of Hudaydah, which is home to about 600,000 people, is the main gateway for aid supplies arriving in the war ravaged country however the coalition sees it as a base for Houthis attacks against ships in the Red Sea and for weapons smuggling.
Last week Human Rights Watch called warring parties to create corridors of safe passage for civilians trapped in the city and to facilitate the flow of aid and commercial supplies.