Yemen Army Spokesman: Hudaydah to Turn into Quagmire for Aggressors
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The spokesman for the Yemeni army said the western port city of al-Hudaydah, which has come under massive attacks by the Saudi-led coalition and its mercenaries, will become a quagmire for the aggressors.
Speaking to the Russian Sputnik news agency, Brigadier General Sharaf Luqman said it has been two years since the Saudi-led coalition announced it plans to attack Hudaydah in the west coast region.
Given that Hudaydah is a city with a population of three million, the coalition will face a major problem in its advance toward the city, the commander said, adding that the aggressors will drown in the quagmire of the city.
The comments came after media reports said heavy fighting in Yemen’s west coast region left more than 250 Houthi forces killed, among them 20 senior field commanders.
In response, the Yemeni forces dealt severe blows to the Saudi-led mercenaries in the region, where the Hudaydah port is located.
While the Yemeni army and popular committees are fighting off the assailants and countering attacks on residential areas, the international humanitarian organizations have warned of dire consequences of any escalation of violence around Hudaydah.
UN Humanitarian Coordinator Lise Grande has announced that “as many as 250,000 people may lose everything -even their lives,” if there is a military attack on Hudaydah.
Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies have been carrying out airstrikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in Yemen in an attempt to restore power to fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.
Over 14,000 Yemenis, including women and children, have died in the deadly military campaign.