Yemeni Forces Strike the Coalition Paid Fighters on Western Coast
The Yemeni armed forces targeted on Thursday 17 military vehicles belonging to US-backed Saudi-led coalition’s paid fighters with artillery shells on the Western Coast Front, a military source told YemenExtra.
The army’s artillery attacked a gathering of the the paid fighters in al-Jah area, including the 17 military vehicles.
They also destroyed two military vehicles with explosive devices in north of Khukha area, killing their crews.
Save the Children voiced alarm over a “dramatic” rise in civilian casualties in Yemen’s Hudaydahsince June, when the coalition launched an offensive to seize the lifeline port city.
“Between January and May this year, there were an average of 44 civilian casualties every month in al-Hudaydah. The subsequent three months (June-August) saw the figure jump to a monthly average of 116 – an increase of 164 percent,” the London-based NGO reported on Monday.
The US-Saudi-led coalition launched an offensive on Hudaydah on 12 June in the largest battle of the war that the United Nations fears risks triggering a famine in Yemen where an estimated 8.4 million people are on the verge of starvation. Recently, It has been paused for peace talks, but no deal has been struck leaving Yemenis pessimistic over a viable political process.
Abdulmalik al-Houthi, the leader of the Houthi(Ansarallah) movement, which is the main force that faces the coallition, said on a TV speech ,” The decision of invading the Yemeni ,western coast, has been taken and adopted by the United States of America,noting that the Saudis are trying to abolish Yemen’s freedom,” stressing that it was the people of Yemen’s right to defend their country.
The Bab el-Mandab Strait, which is the southern entrance to the Red Sea, is one of the world’s key shipping lanes for crude oil and allows crude exports into the European market.
The United Nations said more than 350,000 people have been displaced from the strategic Red Sea port town of Hudaydah in western Yemen since June.Deputy spokesman for the Secretary-General, Farhan Haq, said during a press conference on Monday that violent clashes have erupted in the city over the past few days, especially in the Ad Durayhimi district.He added that emergency humanitarian assistance has already been provided to more than 90 per cent of those displaced.