On June 17 and 18, the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies, backed up by French special operations forces, continued their military operation in order to capture the port city of al-Hudayadh in western Yemen from the Houthis and their allies.
The goal of forces of the UAE, Saudi Arabia and their proxies is to outflank the Houthi-held port city from the eastern flank and to isolate it from the rest of the Houthi-held area.
The coalition’s operation started on June 13 from an attempt to capture the al-Hudaydah airport, which is located south of the city. By June 18, the coalition’s forces had entered the airport and launched an attempt to enter al-Hudaydah city itself. At the same time, a group of coalition-led forces advanced on the Al-Matahen roundabout aiming to capture the eastern flank of the port city.
These efforts are actively supported by strikes of the coalition’s airpower and artillery. Coalition-led forces also have a significant advantage in military equipment over the Houthis. However, there is a problem.
The coalition’s supply lines are overstretched over the western Yemeni coast. The Houthis use this to carry out attacks on reinforcements and supply convoys of the coalition heading to al-Hudaydah.
About 160 fighters of the coalition’s forces and proxies have been captured by the Houthi-led forces during the bttle for the port city of Hudaydah, a Houthi official, Ali al-Emad, told the Lebanese Al-Mayadeen news network on June 18. The Houthis also released a number of videos and photos showing destroyed vehicles and killed fighters of the coalition-led forces.
Yemeni forces also continued carrying out missile strikes on targets in Saudi Arabia. On June 18, the official Saudi Press Agency said that the county’s air defense forces had intercepted a ballistic missile launched from Yemen. The missile was aimed at the southern city of Jizan and injured at least one person according to the report.