TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Leader of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi highlighted recent military achievements of the Houthi forces against the Saudi-led coalition in the Arabian Peninsula country’s west coast region, saying the aggressors have been defeated.
“With the help of God, the Almighty, the noble men and heroes of our dear nation have entered the battle on the West Coast and are bravely confronting the aggressors,…” the Ansarullah chief said in a statement on Saturday.
“The Yemeni army and popular committees, as well as noble men in (Yemeni) tribes, are playing an effective role in destroying the equipment of the enemy that seeks to occupy the Yemeni West Coast,” he added.
The enemy thought it could end this battle overnight and easily take control of the entire coastal area but it was defeated, Houthi said, adding that the “aggressors have been stuck in a large quagmire”.
Since June 13, the Saudi-led coalition and its mercenaries have launched massive attacks to bring the western port city of Hudaydah 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.