Backed by the Arab Coalition, the Joint Forces have begun a major military assault to liberate the strategic port city of Hodeidah from the grip of the Houthi militia.
Following their collapse, the fighters of the Houthi militia have abandoned their sites and positions while their commanders fled the areas after the defeat.
Meanwhile, the Joint Forces have managed to liberate new strategic areas in the district of al-Duraihemi and other areas adjacent to Hodeidah airport after penetrating the Houthi militia frontlines.
The Joint Forces have made a great advances towards the city of Hodeidah and are now within 8 kilomteres from the Airport, as they have controlled the district of al-Nukhailah and al-Taif area of al-Duraihemi district, south of Hodeidah, amid major collapse in the Houthi militia’s ranks, according to a statement made by the spokesperson of the National Resistance, Colonel Sadiq Dwaid, who was quoted by the Emirates News Agency (WAM).
The Arab Coalition’s fighter jets pounded the Houthis reinforcements, while the resistance forces killed and captured dozens of Houthi fighters.
“The Joint Resistance Forces have foiled attempts by the Houthis to infiltrate Al Madman area in Tahtia towards Al Faza in what appears to be a desperate move to raise morale of their defeated fighters,” he added.
Moreover, the Spokesperson also pointed out that the operation to liberate Hodeidah goes side by side with a comprehensive humanitarian relief plans to help the people of the city to overcome the difficulties caused by the blockade imposed by the Houthi militias, who adopted the tactics of starvation and intimidation of civilians as part of foreign agenda to destabilise Yemen.
“Humanitarian aid and relief operations feature as top priorities for the Arab Coalition countries,” he noted.
Colonel Dwaid revealed that several Houthi fighters were killed in confrontations with resistance forces, while their commanders fled the battle front en mass, leaving behind their dead elements and weapons.
The importance of Hodeidah lies in the fact that it has one of the key strategic ports on the Red Sea Coast. Its liberation will deal a major blow to the militias who have been exploiting it for illicit arms smuggling operations from Iran and as a strategic base for threatening international shipping.
The liberation of Hodeidah port will also cut supplies of the Iranian weapons, used against the Yemeni people, expand the legitimacy- liberated areas, enable resumption of secure navigation and dries up smuggling sources for the Iranian-backed militias.
The re-taking of Hodeidah Port will also represent a major development as it will mean the fall of last key entry point for smuggled weapons to Houthis and pave the road for liberating the remaining coastal governorates in northern Yemen and for regaining control of this main gateway to the capital Sana’a.