Yemen latest: Coalition forces launch Hodeidah operation — live updates

The National | 6/13/2018 | Staff
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Yemen government forces — backed by the Arab coalition — launched on Wednesday morning an offensive on the rebel-held port city of Al Hodeidah.

The decision to launch a military operation to liberate the city from the Iran-backed Houthi militia came after “exhausting all peaceful and political means”, reported Yemen’s state-run Saba news agency.

Tuesday - Dr - Anwar - Gargash - UAE

On Tuesday, Dr Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said the Houthis must evacuate Yemen's main port of Al Hodeidah as an ultimatum issued came to a close.

We will be following all the developments on this live blog as this story unfolds.

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Sky News Arabia reported that coalition and government troops had reached the town of Al Durayhami, around 13 km south-east of Al Hodeidah airport. However, there were reports that clashes were still taking place with Houthi rebels.

Wam news agency quoted a Yemeni military source as saying that "large contingents" from the government's Giants Brigades, National Resistance and Tihama Resistance had reached the outskirts of Al Hodeida city, backed by sophisticated weapons systems.

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"They continue to deploy along the front lines in anticipation of the start of the battle," the source said.

Early in the day, Yemeni forces seized control over the suburb of Nukhaylah which lies around 10km south of Al Hodeidah, Al Arabiya reported.

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"The United Nations is determined to move ahead with the political process despite the recent developments. I reiterate the strong commitment of the United Nations to reaching a political solution to end the conflict in Yemen," said the UN envoy for Yemen.

Adding he is continuing to hold negotiations on keeping a key port in Yemen open to aid deliveries.

Contact - Parties - Arrangements - Hodeidah - Security

"We are in constant contact with all the parties involved to negotiate arrangements for Hodeidah that would address political, humanitarian, security concerns of all concerned parties," said Martin Griffiths in a statement.

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