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Hujur Tribes Confront Houthi Elite Forces

Hujur Tribes Confront Houthi Elite Forces

Saturday, 16 February, 2019 - 07:00
Houthi militants on a truck. (REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad/File Photo)
Aden - Ali Rabih

Battles intensified on Friday on the Hujur fronts, in the northwestern Yemeni province of Hajjah, where the Yemeni Army prepared to launch a large-scale military offensive to lift the siege of Houthi rebels.

Meanwhile, Houthi elite forces made their fiercest push in the district of Kashar since battles erupted between the rebels’ elite forces and the area’s tribes three weeks ago.

Battlefield sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that at least 25 Houthi fighters were killed and dozens were injured and captured by tribesmen on Friday.

In response to Houthi attacks on Hujur, Saudi-led coalition warplanes carried out six airstrikes on militia targets.

Hujur is located 150km north of the city of Hodeidah.

Meanwhile, Retired Dutch general Patrick Cammaert, the former head of the UN mission in Yemen charged with monitoring the Hodeidah ceasefire, told the Dutch De Volkskrant newspaper that 20 percent of the country’s grain stored in the Red Sea mills has been destroyed in Houthi attacks.

Earlier this week, the UN said food aid in a warehouse on the frontlines of the Yemen war is at risk of rotting, leaving millions of Yemenis without access to life-saving sustenance.

Separately, Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani announced late on Thursday that sitting next to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the opening session of the Middle East conference in the Polish capital Warsaw, was a “protocol error.”

“Errors pertaining to protocol are the responsibility of the organizing parties,” the Yemeni minister wrote on his twitter account.

“The position of Yemen… on the Palestinian issue and its people and leadership is unwavering. Participation in Warsaw was not to discuss Palestine but to rally the international community to confront the Iranian expansionism in Yemen.”

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