Saudi-led coalition suffers big defeats during its attempt to take control of the lifeline of Yemenis
A number of the Saudi-led coalition , backed by the US, paid fighters were killed and injured, on Monday, and two military machinery were destroyed in attacks by the Yemeni army forces on the West Coast, a military source told YemenExtra that many paid fighters were killed during a failed military ground advance.
They also destroyed a bulldozer of the paid fighters in east AL-Matahen in the West Coast, killing and injuring who were in it.
The coalition troops and paid fighters tried on Sunday to advance on the area of Kilo-16 and West of Hodeidah Airport, but they suffered a terrible defeat, where 40 of the paid fighters were killed, including leaders and wounded more than 60 ones. In addition to destroying 12 armored vehicles, different military machinery of the enemy and a large quantity of light and medium size weapons.
Many voiced concerns about the deliberate bombing of two air raids by the coalition on the port of Hodeidah, which resulted in injuries among workers and employees of the port and aimed at destroying the infrastructure of the port.
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.