Battle For Yemen’s al-Hudaydah On June 17-18, 2018 (Videos, Maps, Photos)

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Battle For Yemen's al-Hudaydah On June 17-18, 2018 (Videos, Maps, Photos)

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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.

Battle For Yemen's al-Hudaydah On June 17-18, 2018 (Videos, Maps, Photos)

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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.

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  • Michał Hunicz

    This is going to be really interesting clash.

    • Siegfried

      The Houthis don’t have enough weapons and ammo.
      Hezbollah would have finished the Saudi bad-joke in a week or two..

      • Thunder

        thats an insult for i know both holy armies the houthi AND hezbollah the whole world strikes at poor yemen yet they still fight the good fight holding their ground to these foriegn devils who r trying to steal the gulf of adan yet they fight on so fck u and ur disrespect they been holding off the richest evil countries on the planet i salute them as i do hezbollah in syria who r more or less doing the same

        • Tom Tom

          none of these armies are “holy.”

          • S Melanson

            But they are both ‘righteous’. They are defending their homeland from foreign invaders and so their cause is just.

          • Tom Tom

            Agree on that.

          • Real Anti-Racist Action

            Yes they are, for they are doing what the indigenous Suevian people in Europe have been having to do for thousands of years.
            To defend their ancestral home lands against invasions of foreign racist bigots.
            I hope the good people of Yemen push back all globalist-enemies and liberate the lands Saudi Arabia stole from them some 20 years ago.

  • Joe

    Its really difficult to dislodge small teams of Houthis each with rpgs and ATGMs… the key to fight any modern war today vs the best in the world air force.

    Look how Houthis just simply burn those armoured cars which are easy identifiable targets.

    The Houthis are essentially invisible to the planes.

    This is how to take on US coalition forces when the time comes in Syria.

    • Ostap Bender

      Remember Vietnam??? Guerrilla warfare, especially if you are defending your home will always be won in the long run. Imagine the cost of using high tech arms in low tech warfare…
      Sunni Saudi Arabia wants to impose Sunni government (like they did in Bahrain with some fake king, not even a democracy because they know they would loose in democratic way) to majority of Shia population…

    • Thunder

      i personally would take their weapons of war and use it against em but gurrilla warfare is called for here i must admit

  • Thunder

    confirmation that its the rothschilds who seem to want the gulf of adan i see,for macron is a confirmed rothschild slave the americans back the fake jews too,i have found the french’s hand in nigeria too in which boko haram the child thieves and killers get their funding supplies and logistics from the french gov..sooo macron u good little slave serving evil openly now huh?

  • Real Anti-Racist Action

    It is hopeless. The French will do to the Houthi what the French did to the ethnic-Suevians after the end of the First World War.

  • Tom Tom

    LOL, in the video there appears to be no one at the airport.

    “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.”

    It was intercepted, yet someone got hurt? Maybe it wasn’t actually intercepted.

    • S Melanson

      How dare you not trust the noble Saudis. The missile was indeed intercepted successfully, but it was unfortunately as the missile was striking its target. But still a glorious success.

  • S Melanson

    This article is a slapping together of different reports with poor editing and major holes in the discussion. For example, the map shows three incursions that have cut supply lines to the coalition. The article makes generic statements about the Houthis ability to do this but does not speak directly about the situation as shown by the map they are providing with their article.

    Also, the author states the coalition have entered the airport but with no mention of the history of false reports on coalition progress which in reality has been lack of progress or more accurately, progress in reverse. Below are statements that paraphrase actual Gulf State media reports:

    June 14: The coalition eject the Houthis and take full control of the airport.
    June 15: The coalition reaches the airport and successfully storms the entrance gate
    June 16: coalition forces are closing rapidly on the airport and its liberation is imminent.

    This one takes the cake:

    June 17: The coalition bombs the crap out of the airport without any reference to prior reports of coalition forces having already liberated the airport.

  • S Melanson

    Update. I have surveyed media reports of last 24 hours and one thing is clear – the Houthis are still in control of the airport.

    Saudi media has once again intimated the coalition has taken control of the airport. Houthis deny this claim and point out pictures provided by the coalition are several years old. The Houthis had no need to say anything as Saudi state run media later contradicted earlier reports (for the Nth time) the airport was taken.

    Saudi media reported bombing continued to dislodge Houthis dug in defending the airport. The coalition also demanded the Houthis withdraw from the airport (which fell on deaf ears) as reinforcements arrived to bolster the coalition forces that have been unsuccessful in their attempts to seize the airport.

  • DidierF

    I do feel sorry for the Houthis. What’s being done to them is much worse than what Assad has been accused of. I’m writing about accusations not about acts. The silence about this situation is unfathomable. In Syria, any unproved allegation against the government gets maximum coverage and taken as true at a level holy writings look like they’re taken as fantasies. In Yemen, nothing. Saudis can do what they want and how they want.
    Double standard and hypocrisy at a baffling level.