BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 P.M.) – The Saudi Coalition and their allies have captured a large chunk of southern Hodeidah over the last two weeks, putting them within striking distance of the port for the first time since they lost the provincial capital.
Led by the UAE-backed Southern Resistance Army and Yemeni Republican Guard, the pro-government forces scored a big advance inside Hodeidah city after they managed to overrun the Houthi troops near the municipal hospital.
Once the municipal hospital was under their control, the pro-government troops set their sights on the strategic Hodeidah Port, which is heavily fortified by the Houthi forces and their allies at the northwestern part of this western Yemen city.
According to the latest map from the Islamic World News, the Saudi Coalition and their allies are now withing 5km of Hodeidah Port.
Should the Houthi forces lose this site, they will no longer have a major Red Sea port under their control; this would leave them under a land, air, and sea siege.