Early on January 20, warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition carried out at least four airstrikes on the western Yemeni city of al-Hudaydah that is covered by a UN-sponsored ceasefire.
In a statement, the coalition claimed that its airstrikes destroyed a depot in the Naval Force Camp where the Houthis (Ansar Allah) were storing weapons. According to the coalition’s claims, the weapons were recently moved from the port of al-Hudaydah to the depot.
“The port of al-Hudaydah is a military base that threatens regional and international security,” the statement reads.
A few hours before bombarding al-Hudaydah, Saudi-led coalition warplanes carried out a number of airstrikes on the Houthi-held Yemen capital of Sanaa. The airstrikes hit the Command area in the city center, a waste management facility as well as the outskirts of the international airport.
The coalition’s airstrikes on al-Hudaydah and Sanaa resulted in some material losses. However, no casualties were reported.
The Saudi-led coalition’s aerial operations over Yemen were not limited to al-Hudaydah and Sanaa. Between January 19 and 20, coalition warplanes carried out 12 airstrikes on Houthi forces in the central province of Ma’rib. The coalition said that the airstrikes killed 60 Houthi fighters and destroyed four military vehicles of the group.
While the coalition’s recent airstrikes managed to inflict some losses on the Houthis, they ultimately failed to deter the group or push it back on the ground.