Yemen govt forces push toward Hodeidah port

Yemen govt forces push toward Hodeidah port
Yemen forces protect a road linking Sanaa with southern provinces. (File photo/Reuters)
Updated 10 December 2017

Yemen govt forces push toward Hodeidah port

Yemen govt forces push toward Hodeidah port

CAIRO: Yemen’s official news agency reported that the coalition forces were advancing toward the Red Sea port of Hodeidah, which provides a lifeline to Houthi militias.
SABA reported on Sunday that government forces have taken control of the town of Tahita in Hodeidah province.
Forces loyal to the internationally recognized government are hoping to exploit the collapse of the Houthis’ alliance with fighters loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was killed by the Houthis earlier this month.
On Sunday, sources from his General People’s Congress (GPC) party said that Houthis have buried the body of Saleh in Sanaa, allowing only a handful of relatives to attend.
The source said the Houthis allowed less than 10 people from Saleh’s relatives to attend the night-time burial in Sanaa, but gave no details on the exact location.
GPC Secretary-General Aref Al-Zouka, who was killed with Saleh, was buried on Saturday in his native Al-Saeed district of Shabwa province in southern Yemen after the Houthis handed over his body to tribal leaders, media and GPC officials said.
Relatives said on Thursday that Saleh’s family had refused conditions demanded by the Houthis for handing over the body. Some said they wanted to bury the body in the courtyard of a mosque he had built near the presidential compound in southern Sanaa.
Saleh ruled Yemen for 33 years. He remained in politics as the head of the GPC, Yemen’s largest political party.