In this photo taken Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, fighters against Shiite rebels known as Houthis gather at the road leading to Al-Anad base near Aden in the southern province of Lahej, Yemen. The capture of the Al-Anad base was a significant victory for the forces allied to Yemen's exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in their battle to reverse the gains of Houthis. (AP Photo/Wael Qubady)

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – For the last four days, the UAE and Saudi-backed forces in western Yemen have been steadily advancing towards the strategic Hodeideh Port, which is currently controlled by the Houthi forces.

Following a fierce battle on Tuesday, the UAE-backed Southern Resistance troops, in coordination with Saudi air support, managed to seize several points to the south of the Hodeideh Port.

With no support from loyalists of the late ‘Ali ‘Abdullah Saleh, the Houthi forces have found themselves spread too thin in western Yemen, leaving them no choice but to abandon several important areas.

However, if they lose the Hodeideh Port to the Saudi and UAE-backed forces, they will find themselves under a permanent land, air, and sea siege.

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