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Hodeidah: Houthis’ Last Terminal

Hodeidah: Houthis’ Last Terminal

Thursday, 31 May, 2018 - 10:45
Salman Al-Dossary
Salman Al-Dossary is the former editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.

Abdul Malik al-Houthi frankly admitted his militias’ successive losses after Yemeni forces have become less than 20 kilometers away from the port of Hodeidah, which has been exploited by the Houthi militias to receive Iranian weapons, carry out piracy operations and looting of aid ships.

His statements revealed his militias’ military bankruptcy and reflected a clear and unprecedented spirit of defeatism. This is perhaps because the decisive period for the liberation of Hodeidah from rebels has come close, especially that Houthis have acknowledged the difficulty of maintaining the governorate, where the most important Yemeni port is located.

The Houthi leader called on the militia elements not to panic and leave the battlefields, and begged the tribes in his speech not to disperse and leave his side.

The Saudi-led coalition and the legitimate forces will be able to tighten the siege on the coup militias and close the last important port it controls after the liberation of Hodeidah governorate and its strategic harbor.

Moreover, developments in Hodeidah indicate that the Yemeni crisis was entering a decisive military phase after the Houthis had rejected all the political opportunities given to them by the Arab coalition to end this war. The coupists expressed their intransigence towards all UN roadmaps to resolve the conflict.

Despite the relentless attempts by all UN envoys to end the crisis, the Houthi arrogance has made it impossible to reach a political solution.

Even with the visit of the UN envoy to Yemen on Saturday, whom the Houthis refused to receive for a long time, the chances of reaching a political solution unfortunately diminish day after day.

All previous experiences prove that Houthis’ intransigence is backed with its insistence to prolong the crisis and increase human suffering, hoping to exploit those sufferings to gain the world’s sympathy and incite against the Arab coalition as the party leading the war against Yemenis.

However, the truth is that the party fighting Houthis on the ground is represented by the Yemeni legitimate forces, who are backed by the coalition and control 85 percent of the total area of Yemen.

And all these attempts by Iran to exploit the war for other purposes hide the fact that the first reason for this war is the Houthi coup against the legitimate government.

It is important to note here that the US strategy has succeeded in hindering Iranian expansion in the region, whose model in Yemen is clearly suffering following the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal and its imposition of unprecedented sanctions on Tehran because of its aggressive policy.

Washington's announcement that it will continue to work with its allies in the Arab coalition and train its pilots on the accuracy of strikes and the prevention of civilian casualties is not to be overlooked, in addition to its explicit support for the Arab Coalition to eliminate Houthis within President Donald Trump's new strategy.

The Yemeni legitimate forces, with the support of the Saudi-led coalition, are on the verge of decisive days in light of successive military victories in the fighting fronts on the west coast.

This puts pressure on the Houthis, who will eventually surrender to all the conditions and resolutions of the international community to hand over the arms, withdraw from Sanaa and then engage in political negotiations, even if against their desire.

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