Yemeni army advances in country's Hajjah province

Yemeni fighters from the Amalqa Brigades, loyal to the Saudi-backed government, gather with armed pick-up trucks and armoured vehicles on the side of a road. (File Photo: AFP)
Updated 16 July 2018
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Yemeni army advances in country's Hajjah province

  • Yemeni troops were closing in on the strategic link between Haradh and Hodeidah, the official said in a statement to the Yemeni Armed Forces media center
  • A senior army official said several strategic sites were liberated during a large-scale offensive in the Hiran valley

DUBAI: Yemen’s army advanced into the Hiran district of Hajjah province following fierce clashes with the Houthi militia, Saudi state-news channel Al-Ekhbariya reported.
A senior army official said several strategic sites were liberated during a large-scale offensive in the Hiran valley.
Yemeni troops were closing in on the strategic link between Haradh and Hodeidah, the official said in a statement to the Yemeni Armed Forces media center.
The military official highlighted that fighting was still ongoing and that several militants had been killed, while others fled toward the capital Sana’a.


Yemeni spokesman says militants seek to ignite Hodeidah fighting

Updated 21 March 2019
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Yemeni spokesman says militants seek to ignite Hodeidah fighting

  • Renewed fighting in Hodeidah would risk severing the main passage for humanitarian aid
  • A senior Houthi member earlier said a withdrawal is “impossible”

CAIRO: Yemen’s militants are igniting more conflict by their refusal to give up control of the key port city of Hodeida, the focus of months of UN-brokered talks, a government spokesman said.
Renewed fighting in Hodeidah would risk severing the main passage for humanitarian aid to the rest of the country, including northern Yemen, a heartland of the Houthi militants.
Rageh Badi, spokesman for the internationally recognized Yemen government, denounced remarks by senior militant leader Mohammed Ali Al-Houthi who earlier this week told The Associated Press that the Saudi-led coalition, which backs the government side in the conflict, is trying to change the terms of the agreement struck last year in Sweden and that a militant withdrawal would therefore be “impossible.”
Badi told reporters at a press conference Wednesday in the southern city of Aden that such remarks could set off renewed fighting in Hodeidah, the key entry point for international aid to the war-torn country, and violate the tentative peace agreement reached by the two sides in Sweden.
The remarks are a “renunciation of the Hodeidah agreement and a declaration of war,” Badi said, urging the UN to step up pressure on the rebels to prevent another “explosion of the situation” in Hodeidah. Otherwise, renewed fighting is just a “few days” away, he added.