Yemen: the Threat of Hodeida and Arms Supplies

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Yemen: the Threat of Hodeida and Arms Supplies

Local fighting is continuing in nearly all provinces of thecountry. Last week, the coalition forces established control over the port cityof Mokha on the Red Sea coast. But this operation was not followed through eventhough the capture of Mokha allows one to continue the offensive onto Hodeida,the last sea port through which the Houthi rebels can receive weapons andmateriel from Iran. There are, however, doubts on whether the Iranians areproviding regular supplies to the Houthi using sea channels, as Aden hasclaimed earlier. According to the experts, the seized trawler was heading notfor Yemen but for Eritrea. From there, the weapons were supposed to betransferred via Sudanese channels to the Sinai, and from there to the GazaStrip. The Iran-Hamas “bridge” is once again in operation, and nobody in Sudanis about to turn down arms smuggling. According to the experts, there areplenty of weapons in the warehouses controlled by the Houthi and by presidentSaleh supporters. Arab coalition air forces did destroy a few things, ofcourse, but not enough to undermine the fighting power of the Houthi and theirallies.

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