On June 20, clashes between the Saudi-led coalition forces and the Houthis continued in the area of the al-Hudaydah airport, south of the port city of al-Hudaydah. On June 19, the coalition and its proxies once again entered the airport, but failed to establish full control of it. The Houthis were able to secure a number of positions in the area.
At the same time, coalition-led fighters continued their attempt to outflank al-Hudaydah from the eastern direction, engaging the Houthis in the Matahin square area.
The square remains contested, but the highway linking al-Hudaydah and the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, was closed because of the clashes. The only save highway from the besieged city is heading in the northern direction.
The coalition’s forces are steadily heading to their main goal – to isolate the city of al-Hudaydah by land. The most complicated part of this plan would be to cut off the highway heading from al-Hudaydah in the northern direction. If this goal is achieved, the fate of al-Hudaydah will be pre-determined.