On December 11, the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies attempted to advance in the area of al-Qarn and the village of al-Hul in the district of Nihm on the western Yemeni coast. However, the Houthis repelled the attack following hours of heavy clashes.
A day later, the Houthis media wing released a video of the clashes showing Houthi fighters targeting Saudi-backed Yemeni fighters with sniper rifles and knocking out three armored vehicles of the coalition.
“We will not get tired … No matter what they will do or how much they will escalate, we are in the lookout for them,” a field commander of the Houthis said in the end of the video.
After the failed attack, Saudi-led coalition warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes on residential areas in the district center of Nihm and on the city of al-Hudaydah, north of it. No civilians were reported injured or killed as a result of the airstrikes.
The Saudi-led coalition attacks on the western Yemeni coast are clearly aimed at pressuring the Houthis. The Yemeni group is still refusing to withdraw from al-Hudaydah or even to hand over the city’s strategic port to the Saudi-backed government.