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Yemeni president calls for a military solution in Hodeidah

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Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi called on Wednesday the Yemeni army and popular resistance forces aided by Arab coalition to resort to a decisive military action to liberate the city and port of Hodeidah, west of the country.

Hadi said the situation in the governorate is on the verge of a humanitarian disaster, which cannot be ignored due to the Houthis actions and stubbornness in resorting to a political solution to put an end to the Yemeni crisis, according to Sabaa news agency.

The Yemeni president said: “We have been and continue to seek peaceful solution based on the three basic reference points of the Gulf initiative and its executive mechanisms and the outcomes of the comprehensive national dialogue and UN Security Council Resolutions 2216. We made many concessions to avoid a military solution, but we cannot allow the exploitation of the suffering of our people and made him hostage to prolong this war which was waged by the coup militias.”

Earlier the Yemeni government confirmed in an official statement that it has exhausted all political and peaceful means to remove the Houthi militia from the port of Hodeidah, and pointed out that the Houthis has used the port of Hodeidah as a corridor to smuggle Iranian weapons to prolong the conflict and kill the people of Yemen.

The statement added that the port of Hodeidah became a podium to launch military attacks against the Yemeni army and on Arab coalition forces as well as threatening international shipping traffic by threatening commercial vessels using the Strait of Bab al-Mandab.

On Wednesday at dawn, the Yemeni army and popular resistance forces, aided by the Arab coalition, officially launched the battle to liberate the city and port of Hodeidah.

A military source said a large-scale ground operation supported by the Arab coalition’s aerial and naval cover began to march toward Hodeidah in more than one axis.