On October 25, the Saudi-backed wing of the Yemeni military deployed more than ten brigades south of the Houthi-held city of al-Hudaydah on the western coast of Yemen, according to the al-Arabiya TV. The UAE-based channel said that the deployment of these brigades is a part of the ongoing preparations to launch a new attack to capture the port city.
Furthermore, the UAE-backed Giants Brigades released a video showing hundreds of their fighters massing south of al-Hudaydah. The group will likely also participate in the upcoming attack on the city.
Three days ago, the Houthis cut the off highway between al-Hudaydah and the Yemeni capital of Sanaa and recaptured several key positions south of al-Hudaydah during a large-scale offensive. The Saudi-led coalition apparently speed up its plans to capture the key coastal city following this development.
The Saudi-led coalition had launched several attacks on the al-Hudaydah since the beginning of this year. However, more experienced Houthi fighters managed to hold onto their positions. The new attack will likely also end in a failure, if the coalition leadership follows the same ineffective tactics.