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Yemeni governmental troops have wrested control of a strategic highway linking the capital of Sanaa with the city of Hodeidah from the Houthi rebels, state-run Yemeni television reported on Wednesday.

Yemeni troops backed by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition are 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) from the western city of Hodeidah three months after launching an offensive to regain control over the city on the shore of the Red Sea.

The offensive will continue until the troops reach the center of Hodeidah "within the next few days," the source said without providing further details.

The government troops launched the offensive in June to seize the city, which has been under Houthi control since 2014.

Combat was halted in early July to pave the way for United Nations-sponsored negotiations aimed at avoiding bloodshed in the city of 600,000 residents.

Wednesday's developments in Hodeidah came after the peace talks broke down last week in Geneva when the Houthi delegation refused to attend.