Yemeni army cuts off main Houthi supply route in Hodeidah

FILE PHOTO: A view of the gate of the Red Sea port of Hodeidah, Yemen, is seen in this Aug. 5, 2018 file photo. — Reuters

ADEN — Yemeni army seized the main road linking the port city of Hodeidah to the capital Sanaa, blocking a key supply route for Iran-backed Houthi militias on Thursday.

Abdulrahman Saleh Abou Zaraa, head of the brigade fighting the Houthi militias in the province, told AFP his forces had taken the militias’ main supply route linking the port city to the capital Sanaa, known as Kilo 16.

The forces also seized a second supply route around Hodeidah, known as Kilo 10, military sources said.

A military source in the brigade fighting in Hodeidah said Wednesday’s operation aimed to cut off supplies to the militias.

Arab coalition launched air strikes on Wednesday near the eastern gate of the city that leads to roads linking it with Sanaa and Taiz province, residents said according to Reuters.

Fierce clashes erupted on Wednesday between the Houthis and pro-government forces on the east and south of Hodeidah city, leaving dozens of fighters dead, according to military and medical sources.

A senior Yemeni source in the coalition told Reuters that the alliance had renewed an offensive to take control of the city from the Houthis after an attempt to hold peace talks in Geneva was abandoned on Saturday when the Houthi delegation failed to show up.

“The main entrance in Hodeidah leading to Sanaa has been closed after Yemeni army took control of the road,” a military source told Reuters.

There is another more circuitous supply route between Hodeidah on the western coast of Yemen to the capital in the north. — Agencies