On July 27, warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition conducted ten airstrikes on positions and gatherings of the Houthis in the province of al-Hudaydah along the western Yemeni coast, according to the Sky News Arabia TV. The airstrikes covered the city of al-Hudaydah and the districts of al-Zaydiyah and Zabid.
A source familiar with the situation told the UAE-based al-Arabiya TV that these airstrikes may be the first stage of a new ground attack of the Saudi-led coalition and its Yemeni proxies on the strategic port of al-Hudaydah.
However, observers believe that the airstrikes are a response to the Houthis attack on the international airport of the state of Abu Dhabi, which occurred a day earlier. While the UAE denied that such an attack happened, the administration of the airport said that an “accident” took place near one of the terminals.
During the last two months, the Saudi-led coalition launched several attacks on al-Hudaydah, but failed to enter the city. The main goal of the coalition is the port, which is considered the main supply route of the Houthis.