Hodeidah and nothing else

Mashari Althaydi

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We are now before a real moment in Yemen since the Decisive Storm Operation was launched to liberate Yemen from Iran’s Houthi gangs and the fighters of Ali Abdullah Saleh who eventually returned to his senses but the Houthis later pounced on him in such a public brutal and ritualistic scene.

The real moment is that liberating Hodeidah, the province, the city and its airport and port, has neared. For those who do not follow up on the news, the Hodeidah Port represents the main passage for Houthi supplies of food, weapons and others.

The UN has repeatedly declined to be handed over the port from the Houthis and control what goes out of it and what comes into it. The UN had reiterated the moral warning pertaining to the humanitarian situation. These warnings have been in only one direction, towards the coalition, the legitimate Yemeni forces, the national resistance forces or the Republican Guards (Tareq Saleh) and of course the Giant's Brigade.

We have not heard the UN, the west and human-rights organizations make these same enthusiastic warnings against the Houthi militia. God bless organizations like the British Oxfam, platforms like the BBC and others!

There are unremitting efforts by the Houthis to create a storm to obstruct the efficient advance of the coalition, legitimate and resistance forces. This storm is called “the humanitarian situation.” The Houthis have been playing this card and using civilians as shields. They have intentionally cut aid and food supplies to people in Hodeidah to further deepen their deteriorating livelihood conditions. There’s no surprise in this as everything is permissible for these clerical mythical gangs.

The Houthis as well as those who scheme plots for it in the West and East work on inciting the West’s fears of new waves of immigrants. They play on the tune of “the West has enough!”

Cutting the supply

The coalition’s military work is accompanied with humanitarian work as it’s concerned over looking after innocent people and also wants to prevent the Houthis and those who support it from making the Yemeni people suffer.

According to military experts, liberating the Hodeidah Airport means controlling the Kilo 16 Road, which links between Hodeidah and the capital Sanaa, thus cutting the route of supplies to militias and cracking down on them in the center of Hodeidah and its port.

What’s important or rather more important today is to advance and invest in every minute, not just in every day, to make more military gains and create realities on the ground before the imperturbable or prevaricators from among foreigners in the East and the West are “distracted” with us!

Hodeidah is the gate of all gates.

This article is available in Arabic.


Saudi journalist Mashari Althaydi presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Althaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists. He tweets under @MAlthaydy

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