Yemen's Al-Hudaydah Plagued by Houthi Massive Reinforcements and  Repeated U.S.-UK Strikes

Sheba Intelligence | 2024-02-05 03:56 PM UTC


Airstrikes by the United States and the United Kingdom continued hitting several sites in Yemen's Al-Hudayah over the past three weeks as the Ansar Allah (Houthi) group keeps flooding the province with more forces in preparation for a potential ground or naval attack by the U.S.-led multinational forces or the Yemeni troops.


Today, several airstrikes hit locations in the coastal province in the early morning and the afternoon, according to the Houthi-run media. Eight

morning strikes targeted the Ras Issa area, and three strikes hit locations in the Al-Zaydiyah district of Al-Hudaydah.


The afternoon strikes hit the Al-Katheeb area to the north of Al-Hudaydah city. The air raids on the Houthi-controlled province have been almost daily over the past two weeks.


Al-Hudaydah is the first center from which Houthis launch attacks on shipping lanes in the Red Sea, a Sheba Intelligence report revealed last month.

According to the report, the Red Sea coast and islands, particularly ports of Al-Hudaydah, Al-Salif, Ras Issa, Al-Luhayah, and Kamaran Island,  in the Houthi-controlled Al-Hudaydah, remain the first launch center from which ships are attacked.

The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Houthi government, Hussein Al-Ezzi, said today that the United States and Britain had "targeted Yemen with 300 raids" since the start of their attacks last month.

He added, "The U.S. cannot escape punishment, and we can never be silent about the aggression against our country, and [the airstrikes] will not affect our position towards Gaza and Palestine."


As the airstrikes continue bombing Al-Hudayah, the Houthi group has mobilized thousands of fighters as it waits for a decisive battle. Over the past few weeks, the Public Mobilization Division in the southern districts of Al-Hudaydah province organized multiple parades for graduates who completed military and ideological courses as part of the group's preparation for a battle against the American forces in the Red Sea.  According to Houthi officials, the battle title is "The Promised Conquest and Holy Jihad."

The port city is a precious economic source with strategic military importance for the Houthis. Therefore, the group has flooded it with thousands of fighters and will send more. For the U.S. and the U.K., Al-Hudaydah is a province from which the Houthis can threaten global shipping lines, and these two countries see the continuation of airstrikes as necessary to mitigate the Houthi threat.