Coalition-backed forces about to siege Hodeida Port City

Hodeida (Debriefer)
2018-11-06 | Since 1 Month


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Joint forces loyal to President Hadi made a new advance towards the northeastern part of Hodeida and penetrated deeper into areas used to be under Houthi control in the Yemeni port city witnessing intense battles since four days.

The Saudi-led Arab Coalition-backed joint forces "pushed their way towards Assham Road, the northern entrance of the city on Monday, as part of their effort to siege Hodeida from four directions and take control of the last gateway, from Houthis," through which most supplies pass to most Yemeni people and IDPs flee war," eyewitnesses told Debriefer.

"Houthi forces planted mines and posted barricades, in an attempt to block the eastern dusty road," said witnesses, but joint forces advanced, leaving "scores dead or injured from both sides."

A separate first-hand source told Debriefer that the joint forces moved closer to Saleh and 7 July housing districts towards the 90-meter Street, as well as Assalakhana (slaughterhouse) area to northwest of the City.

Currently, violent clashes are taking place in those areas between both sides using heavy and light weapons, significantly damaging private properties and leaving one civilian dead and two others wounded.

While Kilo 16 and the southern fronts see cautious calm, the eastern part of Hodeida, namely 50-meter Street and 7 July district, saw a series of strikes by coalition fighters that targeted Houthi posts and left casualties among Houthis.

Fighting intensified anew in Hodeida, following calls of the US and other countries to stop war within one month, as the Arab Saudi-led coalition and joint forces declared on Friday the launch of new military operation called "Freeing Hodeida".

The UN Secretary-General, Antonia Gutters, called late on Friday for immediate end for conflict in Yemen, and urged warring sides to involve in talks with 'good will' and without predetermined conditions.

War in Hodeida is feared to halt the inflow of foods, fuels and other basic materials to people already suffering deteriorated economic conditions in a war-torn Arab Peninsula country.

Yemen has been racked by armed conflict which broke out after the Iranian-backed Houthis had ousted the internationally recognized government in late 2014.

The conflict escalated after a Saudi-led military coalition intervened militarily in the country in March 2015,.

The conflict escalated after a Saudi-led military coalition intervened militarily in the country in March 2015, to reinstall President Hadi and his government, and has left nearly 11,000 people dead, hundreds of thousands injured, 3 million displaced and made other thousands to flee the country.

Yemen is facing the world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to the UN, as more than 22 million people (more than two thirds of the population) are in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 8.4 million people unsure how to get next meal, and some 2 million children suffering severe shortage of nutrition.

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