Here is what you need know about the Yemeni army forces’s operations documented by New York Times on the West Coast
The Yemeni army forces carried out large-scale offensive operations of several axes and directions on the Saudi-led coalition, backed by the US,positions south of Kilo 16 in the western coast ended with full control of its positions and defeated them.
The spokesman of the armed forces Brigadier Yahya Sariy said that the operations left a large number of dead and wounded in the ranks of their enemy ,destroyed more than 14 vehicles and nine armored vehicles and gained large military equipment of ammunition and medium weapons.
The official spokesman of the armed forces told YemenExtra the large operations began with clearing with and intensive artillery and missile bombardment with Zelzal 1 missiles, targeting the sites and concentrations of their enemy , causing loss of lives and equipment amid their ranks.
He pointed out that the operations involved specialized units of the Yemeni army forces, forcing their enemy to clear with the hysterical types of warplanes using ammunition and cluster bombs. Their enemy also targeted large groups of its paid fighters , pointing out that scenes of these operations will be broadcast during the coming hours.
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.
New York Times documents losses suffered by the Saudi-led coalition, backed by the US, at the hands of the Yemeni army forces on the West Coast front on October 22, 2018