BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – The Saudi-led Coalition is preparing to launch its biggest offensive to capture the strategic port-city of Hodeidah in western Yemen.
Led by the Yemeni Republican Guard and UAE-backed Southern Resistance Army, the Saudi-led Coalition forces have already launched a preliminary offensive this week that has targeted the Houthi defenses near the Hodeidah Airport.
However, the Saudi Coalition’s advances have been limited near the Hodeidah Airport; they are expected to make a much bigger push in the coming days.
With tens of thousands of troops already deployed to this strategic area along the Red Sea coast, the Saudi-led Coalition is hoping to capture the last major port under Houthi control.
This will not be an easy task, however, as the Houthi forces have thousands of fighters inside and outside of Hodeidah city.
Most of these Houthi fighters are battle-tested and well-armed; they will make it very difficult for the Saudi-led Coalition troops to seize any ground around Hodeidah.