On June 3, warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition carried out a series of airstrikes on the Houthis’ positions in the districts of Hays and al-Tuhayat and several other areas along the western Yemeni coast, according to the Emirates News Agency (WAM). The artillery of the coalition reportedly shelled several positions of the Houthis in the same areas.
The WAM said that the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes and shelling killed more than 100 fighters and commanders of the Houthis. The news agency also claimed that the coalition’s proxies had captured 21 Houthi fighters during clashes in the western governorate of al-Hudaydah.
In a related development, the UAE-based al-Arabiya TV reported that Saudi-led coalition warplanes had targeted a meeting of senior military commanders of the Houthis in the coastal city al-Hudaydah on June 3. Yemeni sources claimed that Abdul-Khalik al-Houthi, the brother of Houthis leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, was killed in the coalition airstrike. However, these claims are yet to be confirmed.
This heavy bombardment indicates that the Saudi-led coalition is planning to launch a new attack on al-Hudaydah very soon.