BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – One of the highest ranking commanders of the UAE-backed forces in Yemen has vowed to retake the strategic port city of Hodeidah from the Houthi forces.
Speaking to the Reuters News Agency from the United Arab Emirates on Thursday, Aidaroos al-Zubaidi, the leader of the Southern Resistance Movement, stated that his forces are currently attempting to capture Hodeidah and will not stop until the city is captured.
Al-Zubaidi told Reuters that his 20,000 strong force is doing its best to avoid civilian casualties, adding that the operation to capture Hodeidah has already begun.
“The civilian lives are very precious and all the coalition’s operations in the air and sea are taking into consideration the civilian casualties, but the military operation has begun and there will be no going back,” Zubaidi told Reuters in an interview in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi.
“In all the wars across the world, there is always humanitarian suffering. But we are looking beyond the liberation of Hodeidah which will be in the interests of the city’s population,” said Zubaidi.
“The battle of Hodeidah is continuing and the war is not over,” he added.