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SEPTEMBER 2020

French Special Forces Assist Saudi-led Coalition In Battle For Yemen’s al-Hudayadh: Le Figaro

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French Special Forces Assist Saudi-led Coalition In Battle For Yemen's al-Hudayadh: Le Figaro

Coalition-backed forces advance on al-Hudaydah. File image: AFP / AFPTV

French Special Forces are on the ground in Yemen actively suppoting an advance of the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies on the port city of al-Hudaydah, French daily Le Figaro reported on June 16 citing anonymous military sources.

According to Le Figaro, French special forces operators are operating alongisde troops of the UAE military. The UAE is also a part of the Saudi-led coalition and its forces are participating in the operation to capture al-Hudaydah from the Houthis.

The French military has not commented of Le Figaro’s report. Howeer, on June 15, it announced that it’s considering an option of carrying out a mine-sweeping operation to provide access to the port of Hudaydah once the coaltion captures it.

On June 13, the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies launched a large-scale operation to capture the port city from the Houthis. Thus, the coalition is seeking to cut off the Houthi-held area from the last major logistical hub allowing them to receive humanitarian aid for the local population.

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