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Arab Coalition launches military operations towards Yemen’s Hodeidah

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An Arab Coalition commander in Yemen announced on Monday the launch of “large-scale military operations” towards the city of Hodeidah.

In a statement to the UAE’s official news agency WAM, Brigadier Abdul Salaam Al Shehi said the move was “building on the military momentum and advance achieved west of Taiz Governorate.”

He said the forces are preparing to carry out “surprise, qualitative operations against the Houthi militia.”

He added: “All Yemeni national resistance are participating in the operations along the effective participation from the Sudanese forces with high morale and complete harmony and coordination, and with the land, sea and air support from the UAE Armed Forces operating within the Saudi-led Arab Coalition.'

''The Iran-allied Houthi militias have been experiencing successive defeats by the advancing Arab Coalition forces and Yemeni resistance fighters.

The commander said the Houthis have been “losing their sites and fleeing the battlegrounds in group, leaving their equipment, weapons and dead bodies after the Coalition and resistance forces took control of strategic sites and cut off their supply lines.”

He said the ultimate aim was to “defeat the Iran-backed Houthi militias so as to complete the liberation and secure the Red Sea Coast as well as lift the siege on the Hodeidah city and Port and Taiz from the west.”

Al Shehi added: "We will liberate Yemen from the Iranian Houthi militias to remain a dignified and strong country to its people. We will contribute to the reconstruction and building process to enable Yemenis to live in dignity and happiness on their land.

“We have no ambitions in Yemen and our goal is to help Yemenis live a decent life and Yemen will be ruled by its people without external interferences that do not want the good for this country and its people.”