TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – At least 49 Saudi-backed mercenaries were killed and injured after Yemeni forces and Ansarullah fighters stepped up their attacks on them in the Arab country’s western port city of Hudaydah, a military source said.
At least 28 mercenaries were killed in Hudaydah on Friday after Yemeni forces scored gains in the area of Tuhitah in the port city, the source told Saba news agency.
The attack also left 21 militants wounded in the area, according to the source.
Ten armored vehicles belonging to the Saudi-led coalition were also destroyed in the west coast front.
Since June 13, the Saudi-led coalition and its mercenaries have launched massive attacks to bring the port city under their control, but have failed to achieve their objective due to Yemenis’ resistance.
The United States, Britain and France have backed the coalition in the Yemen conflict and keep providing weapons to both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
While the Yemeni army and popular committees are fighting off the assailants and countering attacks on residential areas, humanitarian organizations have warned that the Saudi-led coalition's Hudaydah operation threatens to cut off essential supplies to millions of Yemeni people. More than 70 percent of Yemen’s imports pass through Hudaydah’s docks.
The coalition, which has been waging a war against Yemen since early 2015, claims that the Houthi Ansarullah movement is using Hudaydah for weapons delivery, an allegation rejected by the fighters.
Saudi Arabia has also imposed a blockade on Yemen, which has smothered humanitarian deliveries of food and medicine to the import-dependent state.