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Coalition: Houthis thwarted all political efforts to hand over Hodeidah

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The Arab Coalition’s spokesman, Colonel Turki al-Malki, said on Wednesday that the Houthis have failed all political efforts to hand over the western city of Hodeidah.

In an interview with Al Arabiya’s sister channel Al Hadath, Malki confirmed that the Houthi militias ignored the given deadline to pull out of Hodeidah.

He said that the legitimate forces backed by the Arab coalition is advancing on all fronts, most importantly near Hodeidah airport, pointing out that the Houthi militias have planted large quantities of landmines in the vicinity of the city.

“Our advancement toward Hodeidah is being done very carefully because of the land mines planted by Houthi militias in order to save civilians lives,” Malki told Al Hadath.

He pointed out that the Houthis is refusing to allow the residents leave the city.

“We have an integrated plan to deal with all scenarios on the ground,” He said, adding: “We have prisoners of the Houthis from all fronts.”

“We have plans on humanitarian and relief actions in Hodeidah,” the spokesperson said, stressing that Hodeidah will be a starting point for the liberation of the rest of the provinces of the West Coast.

On Wednesday at dawn, the Yemeni army and popular resistance forces, backed by the Arab coalition, officially launched “Golden Victory” operation to liberate Hodeidah.