BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 A.M.) – A series of intense clashes broke out last night inside the port city of Hodeidah after the pro-government Yemeni Army and Republican Guard troops attacked the Houthi forces in the July 7th District.
According to local reports, the Yemeni Army and Republican Guard attacked the Houthi forces with medium and heavy weapons along July 7th District.
Some casualties have been reported; however, the total number of dead and injured is still unknown.
Due to the fragility of the U.N.-sponsored ceasefire in Hodeidah, any-sort of violence threatens this new peace agreement.
Previously, the Houthi forces and Gulf-backed troops were involved in a volatile battle to take hold of this strategic port city located along the western coast of Yemen.
For the Houthi forces, losing control of the Hodeidah Port would be devastating to their cause as it is their main lifeline to world outside of Yemen.
In regards to the Saudi-led Coalition, seizing the Hodeidah Port would result in an air, land, and sea siege of the Houthi-controlled areas.
The United Nations is attempting to maintain the peace in Hodeidah; however, with no permanent political settlement, this ceasefire remains incredibly fragile and likely temporary.