BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Yemeni Civil War entered its third year this past March and it does not appear to winding down anytime soon.
June would prove to be the bloodiest month of the year, as the Gulf-backed forces launched a massive offensive along the western coast of Yemen.
The primary objective of this Gulf-backed offensive is to seize the strategic port-city of Hodeidah, which is currently under the control of the Houthis.
Since launching the offensive, the Gulf-backed Southern Resistance Army and Yemeni Republican Guard have managed to capture several areas in southern Hodeidah, including a number of sites in the Kilo 16 area.
However, over the last week, their momentum has significantly decreased, as they repeatedly failed to capture the strategic Hodeidah International Airport.
Meanwhile in the southern part of the country, the Houthi forces and UAE-backed forces have been clashing inside the Al-Lahj Governorate.
The Houthi forces were able to push back the UAE-backed forces from the Ta’iz Governorate’s provincial border after several days of heavy fighting.
In northern Yemen, the Houthi forces launched a failed offensive to retake all of the Al-Nihm District from the Saudi-backed Hadi loyalists.
With the Hodeidah offensive heating up, the fighting in the other parts of Yemen are likely to decrease in July, as both the Houthi forces and the Gulf-backed troops mobilize their reinforcements for another major showdown.