On December 7, the Saudi-led coalition and pro-Hadi forces advanced in western Yemen and managed to cut off the highway between the region of Albuqa and the province of al-Jawf east to it, according to the UAE-based al-Arabiya TV.
The Albuqa region is one of the Houthis’ strongholds near the Yemeni-Saudi border and a part of the province of Saada, the heartland of the Houthis in Yemen. The Saudi-led coalition advance near Albuqa will make it harder for the Houthis to conduct cross-border attacks against the Saudi Army.
Earlier, the Saudi-led coalition and pro-Hadi forces captured the town of al-Khawkhah 115km south of the strategic al-Hudaydah port on the red sea in western Yemen. According to al-Arabiya TV, 20 Houthi fighters were killed, and 11 others were captured during the clashes in al-Khawkah.
The Al-Hudaydah port is the largest sea port under the Houthis-held part of Yemen. The Saudi-led coalition banned all the ships from entering the port in November after claiming that the Houthis were using it to smuggle missiles from Iran.
The Yemeni al-Masirah TV said that Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted dozens of airstrikes on Saada and al-Hudaydah supporting pro-Hadi forces.
The pro-Hadi forces attacks in western and northern Yemen are a clear attempt by the Saudi-led coalition to benefit from the recent crisis between the Houthis and forces loyal to the recently killed former Yemen president – Ali Abdallah Saleh. Saleh was killed by the Houthis in the city of Sanaa on December 4.