Yemeni army forces operations on the West Coast, as World, UN interested in keeping Hodeidah port open
A number of the Saudi-led coalition, backed by the US, paid fighters were killed and injured and two military machinery were destroyed by a tight ambush in Attohayta district, Thursday.
Yemeni army forces launched a military operation, after the ambush, at gatherings of the coalition’s paid fighters western Attohayta, killing and injuring a number of them.
Their Artillery Unit also targeted gatherings of the paid fighters on the West Coast.
UN Special Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, on Friday said that the world and the United Nations are interested in Hodeidah city and in keeping its port open to the flow and delivery of humanitarian aid to citizens.
“My visit to the port of Hodeidah is a clear message that the world and the United Nations keen to keep the port open,” Griffiths said in a press conference held in the port.
Griffiths pointed out that he met with the political leaders in Sanaa and discussed with them the involvement in the negotiations to be held in Sweden.
Earlier in the day, the UN envoy visited the port of Hodeidah and saw the damages in the port’s infrastructure and cranes caused by the bombardment of the coalition aircrafts.
Notably, the Yemeni army forces killed 44 of the coalition paid fighters and wounded 16 others in Asir.
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.