On November 3, the Saudi-led coalition and its Yemeni proxies launched a large-scale attack on the Houthi-held city of al-Hudaydah on the western coast of Yemen.
During the first day of the long awaited-attack, the Saudi-led coalition managed to impose control of the university of al-Hudaydah and a key air defense base, east and south of the city. The coalition developed its attack in the next day and reached the eastern, western and southern entrances of al-Hudaydah, according to the Sky News Arabia TV.
The UAE-based TV channel claimed that more than 70 fighters and commanders of the Houthis were killed in the attack, which is backed by Saudi-led coalition warplanes. Dozens of other Houthi fighters were reportedly captured.
A spokesman of the Yemeni Armed Forces [allied to the Houthis] denied the Saudi-led coalition claims and said that the Houthis and their allies had repelled the attack on al-Hudaydah after fierce clashes.
“Enemy fighters are suffering from a psychological and moral breakdown after the failure of all of their attempts and sustaining significant loses, hundreds of these fighters fled the battlefield,” the al-Masirah quoted Brigadier General Yahya Sari as saying on November 4.
The Houthis and their allies estimated that 215 Saudi-backed Yemeni fighters have been killed since the beginning of the Saudi-led coalition attack on the al-Hudaydah. The coalition also lost more than 20 military vehicles.
In late October, the U.S. Department of State openly called for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Yemen and said that it will work to start peace talks to end the war there. However, it appears that Washington secretly gave Riyadh a green light to launch a last attack on al-Hudaydah in order to pressure the Houthis.
Videos of the coalition attack on al-Hudaydah: