UAE forces sup­port Ye­men push in Al Garahi

Al Houthis are flee­ing the ar­eas en masse and sus­tain­ing heavy losses on the Red Sea Coast

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The Ye­meni Na­tional Army and Re­sis­tance Forces, sup­ported by the UAE Armed Forces un­der the ProLe­git­i­macy Arab Coali­tion, yes­ter­day con­tin­ued their ad­vances to­wards the Al Garahi Direc­torate, south of Al Hodei­dah Gov­er­norate, on Ye­men’s Red Sea Coast, in the wake of the lib­er­a­tion of Hays district, west of Ye­men, amid mas­sive losses among the Iran-backed Al Houthi mili­tias.

The Ye­meni Na­tional Army and re­sis­tance man­aged to move to­ward east of Al Garahi Direc­torate, and con­trolled most of the strate­gic ar­eas in the city, af­ter en­sur­ing their con­trol over Hays and the strongholds used by the mili­tias fol­low­ing large-scale comb­ing op­er­a­tions of the plan­ta­tion ar­eas and sur­round­ing dis­tricts, in­flict­ing heavy dam­age on the coup per­pe­tra­tors on the Red Sea coast.

A source of the Ye­meni re­sis­tance told Emi­rates News Agency that the Al Houthis are flee­ing the ar­eas en masse and sus­tain­ing heavy losses.

He added that a num­ber of the mili­ti­a­men had sur­ren­dered to the lib­er­a­tion forces af­ter the siege staged on the city of Hays and Jebel Al Dab­bas.

Op­er­a­tion against Al Qaida

Mean­while, the pro-le­git­i­macy forces in Ye­men, through the Hadra­maut Elite forces, and sup­ported by the Saudi-led Arab Coali­tion forces and UAE forces, en­tered Wadi Al Masini and con­trolled the en­try points lead­ing to the coast, which are con­sid­ered key strongholds of the Al Qaida in Hadra­maut. A mil­i­tary source said that the forces are ready to launch an op­er­a­tion to get rid of Al Qaida in the re­gion.

Amid on­go­ing con­flict and the col­lapse of ba­sic ser­vices and eco­nomic de­cline in Ye­men, the United Na­tions aid chief wel­comed a sub­stan­tial hu­man­i­tar­ian pledge from Saudi Ara­bia and the UAE. “I re­it­er­ate the Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral’s state­ment wel­com­ing the gen­er­ous $1 bil­lion (Dh3.67 bil­lion) pledge by the King­dom of Saudi Ara­bia and the United Arab Emi­rates to sup­port hu­man­i­tar­ian ac­tion in Ye­men, as well as their com­mit­ment to raise an ad­di­tional $500 mil­lion from other donors in the re­gion,” UN emer­gency re­lief co­or­di­na­tor Mark Low­cock has said.

Saudi Ara­bia and the UAE agreed with the UN that $930 mil­lion would be trans­ferred by March 31 in sup­port of the 2018 Ye­men Hu­man­i­tar­ian Re­sponse Plan “with the clear stip­u­la­tion that the funds be used on hu­man­i­tar­ian need alone”.

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