SANA’A – The highest leader of Yemen’s Houthi insurgents urged on Wednesday the rebel fighters and all those who are loyal to the movement to defend the port city of Hodeida, where pro-government forces are making advances.
Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi discussed the Hodeida situation during a televised speech in the wake of an intensified pro-government attack executed by Yemeni Resistance Forces – militias loyal to Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi backed by the United Arab Emirates.
“The enemy put all its weight to press the city of Hodeida,” al-Houthi said, adding that the pro-government forces managed to advance towards the downtown areas of Dalea and Baida.
“The battle on the coast is important and needs a large number of people because it extends for more than 200 kilometers,” al-Houthi added.
The United States and United Nations called last week for peace in the conflict-torn country, which was welcomed by Hadi’s internationally-recognized government.
Meanwhile, UNICEF said on Sunday that over 11 million Yemeni children – about 80 percent of all children in the country – required humanitarian assistance, and an additional 1.8-2.8 million children were suffering from acute food insecurity as the ongoing conflict has caused food and fuel prices to soar across the Middle Eastern nation.
There have also been over 1.2 million suspected cholera cases and 2,515 associated deaths in Yemen since April 2017, according to the World Health Organization.