Coalition ‘reluctant to break into Hodeidah’ in order to protect civilians

Spokesman of the Arab Coalition Forces in Support of the Legitimacy in Yemen, Colonel Turki Al-Malki, speaks to reporters. (SPA)

The spokesman for the Arab coalition in Yemen, Colonel Turki al-Malki, said that the reasons for the delay in the liberation of Hodeidah relates to the safety of civilians taken by the Houthis as human shields.

“There is no slowdown in the West Coast Front,” Malki told a news conference on Monday evening. “The Yemeni national army forces are nine kilometers from Hodeidah.”

He reiterated that the Yemeni army continues to advance toward Saada in the north and Hodeidah in the south.

He also stressed that the Houthis, for their part, continue to recruit children or take them as human shields, and that “they are planting mines that threaten the lives of civilians”.

In another context, the spokesperson stressed that “the province of Saada is still being used as the central launch pad site of ballistic missiles,” and that “the legitimate forces captured the ballistic missiles of the Houthis in Hodeidah.” He also stressed that the coalition is working to “stop the smuggling of Iranian weapons to the Houthis through the port of Hodeidah”.

Malki also said that “no rocket was launched this week toward Saudi Arabia,” as “the military operations contributed to the cessation of rocket fire on Saudi Arabia.”

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:52 - GMT 06:52