Sana’a (AM) – The US-Saudi aggression has tried to capture control of Al-Hodeidah, Yemen’s main port city, since it started the war on Yemen in March 2015 but could not defeat the Yemeni Army and Popular Committees. Some reports said that the US-Saudi aggression is advancing towards Al-Hodeidah port city. Attacking Al-Hodeidah port would be disastrous for the civilian population depending on the port for what few goods are allowed in. Thus, the Yemeni People and its leadership consider this attempt suicidal and will cost the countries of the aggression more damage than they are capable of handling.
Yemen Prepared to Defend Itself Against an Attack on Hodeidah Port
In one of his speeches, Sayyed Abdulmalik warned the US-Saudi aggression for their continued closure of Yemeni ports, including the port of Al-Hodeidah, stressing the right of Yemen to take any sensitive steps in response.
“We know the sensitive areas that we could target if the ports kept closed.” Sayyed Abdulmalik explains that “today the port of Al-Hodeidah is being threatened and we cannot turn a blind eye to that.”
He forewarns that if the Saudi regime — with a green light from the US — attacks Al-Hodeidah, then Yemen will be forced to take steps it hasn’t taken before.
“We could target Saudi oil tankers should Saudi Arabia attack Yemen’s main port of Al-Hodeidah,” Sayyed Abdulmalik warned, “The Saudi oil facilities from today are targets to our ballistic missiles.”
The director of the Special Forces Training Center in the Yemeni army, Brigadier Aziz Rashid, said that the Rocketry Force succeeded in developing a new missile to protect the territorial waters and Yemeni international waterways. The missile system, revealed by the Naval Forces and Coastal Defense, is a new strategic weapon developed and produced in cooperation between the Rocketry Force and Naval Forces. It has been called, Mandeb.
The announcement of this new missile came as a response to the plan of the US-Saudi aggression to try to occupy Al-Hodeidah port or to close it by force, which has already been declared by the aggression forces. The US-Saudi aggression is reluctant because of fears of the Yemeni reactions and the losses incurred by this dangerous adventure.
From here we can read the statements of the official spokesman of Ansarullah, Mr. Mohamed Abdel Salam, who said on November 6, 2017 that any miscalculated foolish move toward Al-Hodeidah by the aggression’s forces in the west coast of the country will be confronted with a decisive action inflicting severe effects on navigation in the Red Sea. The Yemeni people will not stand idly by without any defensive reaction toward the criminal actions of the aggression. US-Saudi ground troops advancing towards Al-Hodeidah port will not be easy and will encounter painful blows among the countries of the aggression and their own vital posts.
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Attacking Hodeidah Would Multiply the Humanitarian Catastrophe
Yemen is already reeling from the world’s most urgent humanitarian crisis where 22 million people need vital assistance. Attacking the port would still manage to make it even worse. The US-Saudi assault would lead to mass starvation and the loss of life measuring in the hundreds of thousands or possibly millions. Al-Hodeida is Yemen’s fourth largest city and densely populated. Its port is a key lifeline: handling nearly 80 percent of the country’s food imports. The new UN envoy for Yemen warned Tuesday that reports of a possible military operation around a major urban center and a key seaport could ruin any hopes of ending that war.
“We also hear unconfirmed reports that movements of forces in Yemen are on the increase and that the terrible prospect of intensive military operations in Al-Hodeida, long heralded, may be soon forthcoming,” Martin Griffiths told council members.
An imminent attack on Al-Hodeida port and city will likely lead to further loss of life, displacement, and suffering for the Yemeni people. Strategically positioned with easily accessible routes to the north and south of the country, Al-Hodeida is also located south of Ras Isa: a floating terminal which exports oil produced from the Marib governorate fields, therefore controlling this port is attractive to the US-Saudi aggression.
The war in Yemen, launched by more than a dozen of countries, represents a real threat to international trade in the region. Yemeni people have their right of self-defense by attacking the military concentrations of the countries of the aggression.
This post originally ran on Al-Masirah Media Network and was republished with explicit permission.