Coalition: Senior Houthi leader captured, Yemen civilians’ safety top priority

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The Yemeni Army announced Friday that it has captured a senior Houthi leader in Hodeidah port city south of Yemen.

The brief statement issued by al-Amalika brigade of the legitimate national army said that its forces have “captured the Houthi leader Abu Jalal al-Riyami”.

It added that he was captured during a failed infiltration by the Houthi militias in the surroundings of Hodeidah airport, confirming that most of the infiltrators have been killed.

On another military development, local residents said Friday that the Houthi militias continue to fire Katyusha rockets and missiles towards the village of Manzar and in the direction of the airport’s surroundings since it was liberated from the Houthi control.

The local citizens pointed out that some rockets hit civilian neighborhoods and it is not known yet if there are any casualties among civilians.

Meanwhile, the Arab coalition confirmed Friday that the military operations in Sadaa is going on very fast.

The Arab Coalition’s spokesman, Turki al-Malki, speaking from Brussels in a press conference, said that the operations in Sadaa have made progress and achieved many gains on field.

Al-Maliki said that the political diplomatic solution is always the best choice for the Yemeni people, stressing that the coalition is working hard to restore legitimacy to Yemen.

He said: “We have many options in Hodeidah, among them a pre-emptive military operation, pointing out that that the safety of the Yemeni civilians is a top priority for the Arab coalition, and any concessions or suggestions from the Houthis have to go through the UN special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths.

The Arab Coalition’s spokesman noted that the military operation by the coalition is ongoing in Hodeidah and the joint forces are clearing the area of landmines, adding that the liberation of Hodeidah would secure maritime activities in the international waters.

Al-Malki pointed out that the Houthis turned civilian homes in Hodeidah into military fortifications, and they continue to turn civilians in Hodeidah into human shields.

He said that the coalition is providing all facilities for the entry of medical and food aid to Hodeidah, stressing that the liberation of Hodeidah will benefit all Yemenis and will stop illegal collection of money by the Houthi militias.

“We are working to distribute aid to all Yemeni territories without any discrimination,” he said, stressing that the Houthis impose restrictions on relief work and on UN staff.

He also said that the liberation of the port of Hodeidah will cut the vital artery to arm the Houthis, pointing out that the Houthi militias fired and directed dozens of ballistic missiles to Saudi Arabia.

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