Houthis collapse in Hodeidah amid calls for protests in Sanaa

The Saudi-led Arab Coalition’s air forces raided a Houthi headquarters in the city of Hodeidah west of Yemen. (Reuters)

The Saudi-led Arab Coalition’s air forces raided a Houthi headquarters in the city of Hodeidah west of Yemen. The Yemeni army and resistance forces moved toward the center of the Hays district south of Hodeidah amid an evident retreat by the Houthi militia.

With the support of the Arab Coalition, the Yemeni army was able to control the al-Saida village, Irfan Bridge and other areas south of Hays. Other Yemeni army units continue to move forward, taking control of large farm areas located between al-Khokha and Hays.

Military sources said that several factions of the militia have surrendered to the Yemeni army and handed over all their weapons, after being surrounded in the areas between the al-Khokha and Hays cities since Tuesday.

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The sources added that these factions are mostly newly recruited militiamen who have been forced to fight on the frontlines with no experience in combat. Local sources announced that a leading figure in the Houthi militia, Nidal Ali al-Mikdad, was killed with several other Houthis during a battle in al-Baida.

Eyewitnesses revealed that the militia is creating new headquarters in the Dhamar province south of Sanaa, coinciding with the fast approach of the Yemeni army in a number of districts in neighboring Baida.

Activists supporting slain ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh have started a campaign calling for ‘civil disobedience’ in Sanaa against the militia.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:56 - GMT 06:56
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