On August 16, Houthis fighters targeted a unit of the Saudi-led coalition and its Yemeni proxies west of the district center of al-Durayhimi, located along the western Yemeni coast with IEDs, according to the Yemeni al-Masirah TV. The pro-Houthis TV channel said that at least 20 Saudi-backed Yemeni fighters were killed in the ambush.
The Houthis’ media wing also reported that Houthi fighters destroyed five vehicles of the Saudi-led coalition during heavy clashes around al-Durayhimi.
A day earlier, the Houthis claimed that they had repelled the Saudi-led coalition attack on al-Durayhimi killing more than 180 personnel of the coalition and destroying 20 vehicles.
The UAE-based Sky News Arabia TV said on August 15 that 16 fighters of the Houthis were killed in Saudi-led coalition airstrikes on al-Durayhimi and several areas around it. The Sky News Arabia report confirms that that the district center is still under the control of the Houthis.
The Saudi-led coalition will likely launch a new ground attack on al-Durayhimi very soon as it is determined to reach the coastal city of al-Hudaydah, 20km north of the district center.