On September 16, a military source confirmed to al-Masirah TV that the Houthis are still in control of the area of Kilo 16, which is located between the district center of al-Durayhimi and the city of al-Hudaydah on the western Yemeni coast. According to the source, Houthi fighters fully repelled the Saudi-led coalition attack on the area after days of intense clashes.
“The army and the popular units fully control the area of Kilo 16 and the asphalt line between Jaulat al-Safina [area] and the mills’ roundabout on the entrance of the city of al-Hudaydah and the mercenaries withdrew about 8 to 10 kilometers in the desert south of Kilo 16,” the Yemeni TV channel quoted the source as saying.
The Houthis’ media wing also released a new video from the area of Kilo 16. The video shows three fighters of the Houthis repelling an attack of the Saudi-led coalition as well as destroying several pickup trucks and armored vehicles.
Three days ago, the UAE-based al-Arabiya TV claimed that the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies imposed control of Kilo 16. However, Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, a leader of the Houthis, appeared in several video messages from inside the area and denied the coalition’s claims.
The coalition will likely make another attempt to capture the area in the upcoming few weeks in order to reach al-Hudaydah.