On June 16, several armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) of the Yemeni Air Force (YAF) [loyal to the Houthis] targeted Saudi-led coalition vehicles and personnel along the western coast of Yemen, according to the Yemeni al-Masirah TV. The YAF said that several fighters of the coalition were killed in the UAVs airstrikes.
This was the first time when the Houthis and their allies used armed UAVs to attack the vehicles and personnel of the Saudi-led coalition. Usually, such UAVs are used to strike the coalition airbases, air defense systems and headquarters.
In a related development, the media wing of the Houthis announced that clashes between Houthi fighters and the Saudi-led coalition are still ongoing along the western Yemeni coast. The media wing claimed that coalition troops are still besieged south of the city of al-Hudaydah by the Houthis.
Reportedly, Houthi fighters killed more than 50 Saudi-backed fighters and destroyed 13 vehicles of the Saudi-led coalition during the ongoing clashes along the western coast of Yemen.
Earlier, Saudi-led coalition sources claimed that it had imposed its control over the airport of al-Hudaydah. However, until now the Houthis insist that large parts of the airport are still under their control. The upcoming hours will likely be decisive for the fate of the airport and al-Hudaydah as a whole.