On June 17, the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies advanced northeast of the airport of al-Hudaydah and reached the al-Matahn roundabout, according to the UAE-based al-Arabiya TV. Heavy clashes between coalition forces and the Houthis are currently taking place in the northern part of the airport and north of it.
A day earlier, the Saudi-led coalition claimed that its forces imposed its control of the airport. However, Yemeni sources confirmed later that several positions in the northern part of the airport are still under the control of the Houthis.
The Sky News Arabia TV reported that warplanes and attack helicopters of the Saudi-led coalition are conducting airstrikes on the Houthis’ positions and vehicles inside the airport and in the coastal city of al-Hudaydah. Reportedly, dozens of Houthi fighters have been killed by the coalition air force, so far.
Meanwhile, the UN Special Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, arrived in Sanaa where he will meet with the leadership of the Houthis in the upcoming hours. Griffiths will offer the Houthis a peaceful agreement, under which the UN will control the strategic port of al-Hudaydah, according to al-Arabiya.
While the UAE welcomed Griffiths’ offer, the Houthis are expected to reject it, because the port is considered their last supply line. Tons of humanitarian aid are shipped to the Houthi-controlled areas on regular basis through this port.