Heavy fighting was reported along the main highway connecting the vital aid port of Hodeidah and the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, as the Shi’ite Houthi movement tried to reopen the supply line connecting the two.
Hodeidah is the main aid port for food and medicine into Yemen, and the last aid port controlled by the Houthis. Pro-Saudi forces, intending to conquer the city, have surrounded it, cutting off all supply lines into, and away from ,the port.
Pro-Saudi forces claim to have repelled the Houthis along the highway after protracted fighting, and say at least 70 Houthis were killed. They did not offer any reports on their own casualties suffered in the fight.
The Saudi-backed officials credited the scrambling of reinforcements into the area as the reason they managed to hold off the Houthis’ push. The Houthis have not offered any comments on the matter, so it is unclear if this was a one-off counteroffensive, or the start of a general attempt to retake the highway.
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