On November 14, a source in the Saudi-backed wing of the Yemeni military told the UAE-based al-Arabiya TV that the Saudi-led coalition has halted its attack on the Houthi-held city of al-Hudaydah on the western Yemeni coast.
“The military operation will be resumed and will not stop until the full liberation of al-Hudaydah, its strategic port and the entire western coast of Yemen,” the source added.
According to the source’ claims, the coalition took this decision to allow humanitarian organizations to evacuate its employees and wounded people from the city and in order to open a humanitarian corridor for civilians, who want to leave.
Contrary to these claims, some local observers believe that the Saudi-led coalition halted the operation in order to reorganize its forces after suffering from a series of setbacks. According to the Houthis, 1,224 fighters of the coalition and its proxies have been killed and injured on the western Yemeni coast since the beginning of November.
This temporary ceasefire will likely make the Saudi-led coalition mission harder as it will allow the Houthis and their local allies to fortify their positions and resupply their fighters inside al-Hudaydah.