Representatives of the Houthis continue released a new statement on the situation in Yemen last night. This time Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam said that the Saudi-UAE-led coalition had halted its offensive on the port city of al-Hudaydah.
“In every round of aggression against Yemen, the escalation begins and then dies down, mostly without declaring a truce,” Abdulsalam wrote in a tweet. “Given the recent developments in the battle on the ground, the aggressive coalition is trying to pretend that it has halted its attacks [on Hudaydah] in response to global pressure or to allow the dispatch of humanitarian aid, but that’s a big lie.”
Abdulsalam noted that the reality “is that the coalition is preparing for a new round of aggression, which needs additional time.”
The Houthis spokesperson stated that the Yemeni resistance has not seen “any serious effort by the aggressors to find a real political solution or a real ceasefire, and these are just media propaganda and agreements between the states of aggression or the so-called quartet – Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Britain and America.”
An interestng fact is that Abdulsalam’s remarks go in contrary to the November 15 statement of Brigadier General Yahya Sari, a spokesman of the Yemeni Armed Forces [an ally of the Houthis]. Brigadier General Sari said that despite formal claims the Saudi-UAE-led coalition had not stopped its advance on al-Hudaydah.
The abovementioned statements show that the situation in the area of al-Hudaydah still remains tense, even despite the coalition’s inability to deliver a decisive blow to the Houthis there right now. According to local sources, clashes are in fact ongoing east and south of the city. However, no notable attempts of coalition forces to make new advances were reported during the past 48 hours.
As the Houthis’ spokesperson noted, the coalition is now concentrating reinfocements and solving its probiems on its supply lines in western Yemen. As soon as the supply lines are defended and fresh reinforcements are deployed, the coalition will likely kick off a new attempt to cpature the city of al-Hudaydah.
In turn, the Houthis and their allies urgently have to boost a security zone around the port city. If this is not done, their biggest logistical hub will remain under a constant threat to be captured by the Saudi-UAE-led coalition.