A picture taken on February 24, 2018, shows a view of the walls of the ancient city of Zabid, a UNESCO World Heritage Site currently on the list of World Heritage in danger, in Yemen's western Hodeidah province. (AFP / ABDO HYDER)
Hodeida is the main conduit for aid into the nation of 28 million people, 70 per cent of whom face starvation as poverty, violence and cholera stalk the country.
In 2014, the Houthi rebels seized the port in a takeover of territory that included the Yemeni capital.
The government has pushed to recapture Hodeida in recent months.
In November, the coalition imposed a total blockade on the Hodeida port, as well as the country's main international airport, in retaliation for missiles launched by the rebels towards Riyadh.
The blockade sparked harsh condemnation by the UN and has since been partially lifted.