Forces of the Saudi-led coalition continue suffering from their setbacks in their battle against against the Houthi-led government of Yemen.
On January 17, UAE forces evacuated their base in the town of Mocha and withdrew all weapons, including air defense systems and vehicles. The evacuation took place as the Houthis stopped the attempt of pro-coalition forces to advance in central Yemen and once again reclaimed the initiative in the battle there.
According to local sources, the UAE and its local allies from the Southern Transitional Council are no more interested in the losing war with the Houthis. Instead, they are now regrouping in the south and is planning to secure its control of at least the southern chunk of the Yemeni coast. In these conditions, the chances of the Saudis and their puppet Aden-based government to somehow achieve the victory in the war in Yemen would decrease even further.
Meanwhile, on other parts of the frontline:
- The Liaison and Coordination Officers’ Operations Room (loyal to Ansar Allah) reported 407 ceasefire violations in al-Hudaydah during the past 24 hours;
- On January 17, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 7 airstrikes on the Majzar area;
- On January 17, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 2 airstrikes on the Madghal area;
- On January 17, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted airstrikes on the Majazah area;
- On January 18, clashes between Ansar Allah and Saudi-led forces continued in Jabal Murad district.
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