Yemen’s army advances against Houthis on outskirts of Hodeidah

Yemeni pro-government forces firing a heavy machine gun at the south of Hodeida airport, in Yemen's Hodeida province on June 15, 2018. (File/AFP)
Updated 30 October 2018

Yemen’s army advances against Houthis on outskirts of Hodeidah

  • Yemeni forces advanced against the militia in the area east of the entrance to the city of Hodeidah
  • Coalition jets raided the positions and reinforcements of the Houthi militia

DUBAI: Yemen’s national army forces gained advances on their battlefield positions against Houthis on several fronts in the country’s western coast, where the militia have suffered dozens of deaths and injuries, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday. 

“The fighting spread throughout the past two days, with the support of coalition fighters in Yemen, to the south of the city, including the neighborhoods north of the airport and to the surroundings of the University of Hodeidah,” said a field source.

The sources added that the Yemeni forces advanced against the militia in the area east of the entrance to the city of Hodeidah, attacking Houthi positions. 

Coalition jets raided the positions and reinforcements of the Houthi militia with approximately 15 airstrikes east of the city, which resulted in the death of 30 militia forces and dozens of injuries.

“The militia tried to attack the town of Hayes from the east, but national army forces forced it to retreat after fierce fighting that lasted for several hours,” the source said.

Meanwhile, the forces from the army clashed on Monday with the Houthi militia in the central-eastern province of Al-Baydah. 

“The forces of Yemen’s National Army in the axis of Bihan and Al-Baydah fought with the militias on the positions of the national army,” said Brigadier General Musaed Azzam Al-Harthi, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense. 

Al-Harithi said that the militia used various types of weapons and mortar shells, yet suffered heavy losses with six casualties and injuries to a number of others.


Macron slams Turkey’s aggression in Syria as ‘madness’, bewails NATO inaction

Updated 19 October 2019

Macron slams Turkey’s aggression in Syria as ‘madness’, bewails NATO inaction

  • EU Council President Donald Tusk said the halt of Turkish hostilities as demanded by the US is not a genuine cease-fire
  • He calls on Ankara to immediately stop military operations,

BRUSSELS/ANKARA: Macron critizes Turkey's aggression in Syria as "madness', bewails NATO inaction

France’s President Emmanuel Macron has bemoaned Turkey’s offensive into northern Syria as “madness” and decried NATO’s inability to react to the assault as a “serious mistake.”

“It weakens our credibility in finding partners on the ground who will be by our side and who think they will be protected in the long term. So that raises questions about how NATO functions.”

EU Council President Donald Tusk said the halt of Turkish hostilities is not a genuine cease-fire and called on Ankara to immediately stop military operations in Syria.

Dareen Khalifa, a senior Syria analyst at the International Crisis Group, said the cease-fire had unclear goals. 

There was no mention of the scope of the area that would be under Turkish control and, despite US Vice President Mike Pence referring to a 20-mile zone, the length of the zone remains ambiguous, she said.

Selim Sazak, a doctoral researcher at Brown University, believed the agreement would be implemented and the YPG would withdraw.

“The agency of the YPG is fairly limited. If the deal collapses because of the YPG, it’s actually all the better for Ankara,” he told Arab News. “What Ankara originally wanted was to take all of the belt into its control and eliminate as many of the YPG forces as possible. Instead, the YPG is withdrawing with a portion of its forces and its territory intact. Had the deal collapsed because of the YPG, Ankara would have reason to push forward, this time with much more legitimacy.”