Coalition: Battle for Hodeidah aims at ending weapons smuggling

The liberation of Hodeidah port is considered a vital step to restore the peaceful operation back on track. (Screengrab)

Upon the request of the Yemeni legitimate government and in support of its armed forces, the Arab coalition launched a military and humanitarian operation to liberate the city of Hodeidah and its port west of the country, in order to secure the arrival of humanitarian aid without any obstacles in the liberated port to reach the Yemeni civilians.

The operation also aims to secure the international naval passages in the frame work of the goals set by Operation “Restoring Hope” in line with the reasons that called for the military intervention by the coalition in Yemen, represented by the request of the Yemeni legitimate government and the United Nations resolutions for the year 2015, in particular Resolution 2216.

The liberation of Hodeidah port is considered a vital step to restore the peaceful operation back on track and get out of the stalemate encompassing the negotiating settlement due to the Houthi stubbornness.

The port is considered a vital passage for the Houthi militias to smuggle Iranian weapons to Yemen, as well as their seizure- as a movement and as individuals- of the port revenues, which reflected negatively on dragging the conflict on with the Iranian regime support and supplying the militias with heavy weapons especially ballistic missiles and consequently led to their repeated rejection of all political initiatives and solutions put forward by various international and regional parties to reach a political solution that would satisfy the various parties and in accordance with international resolutions and the outcomes of the national dialogue and the Gulf initiative.

The “Battle for Hodeidah” comes after several calls - put forward by the Yemeni government and the Saudi led coalition- to the United Nations in order to take over Hodeidah port and supervise its operations and force out the Houthi militias which is using it to smuggle weapons and confiscate humanitarian aid to resale it in black markets.

Also the operation will ensure the security of maritime traffic after the Houthi militias have exploited international traffic for more than once. The operation will also facilitate the entry of relief aid, which will improve the living conditions of the people, and the alleviation of human suffering caused by Houthi practices that made the port a conduit for weapons rather than food and medicine.

The liberation of Hodeidah port will also provide all port revenues to the Central Bank of Yemen. The international relief operation in Yemen to ensure that the needs of the civilian population are met in a way that alleviates their suffering and start implementing the necessary plans to rehabilitate and activate the port in such a way as to ensure the optimal access of aid to the various components of the Yemeni people.

The Arab coalition affirms its continued commitment to international humanitarian law and its concern to protect civilians, the infrastructure and to support the work of humanitarian and relief organizations.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:57 - GMT 06:57
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