Yemeni forces 'seize Hodeidah's main hospital' amid air raids
[Al Jazeera] Yemeni forces, backed by Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
and the United Arab Emirates, have seized control of a hospital in the western city of Hodeidah which was taken over by Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the
Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is
God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
fighters earlier this week.
The AFP news agency reported on Saturday that Yemeni soldiers captured the May 22 hospital in the city's eastern suburbs, which had been turned into a sniper position by Houthi fighters - in violation of international law.
A source in the city told Al Jazeera that Yemeni forces, numbering in the thousands, had also seized the Faculty of Engineering building of Hodeidah University, which sits just 4km from the city's vital port.
The source said the city's streets, which would normally be heaving with people and traffic on Saturday, were empty with the sound of shelling a near constant in the background.
Hodeidah, a large city on Yemen's Red Sea coast, is the latest battleground between the Houthis and a Saudi-UAE military alliance who have been fighting for control over the country for the past three and a half years.
Since November 3, there have been more than 200 air strikes reported in the city, with at least 150 confirmed deaths.
The Houthi-affiliated al-Masirah news outlet said more than 30 air raids were carried out in the neighbourhood of the hospital on Friday, killing at least two civilians, including a girl, and leaving at least 15 other civilians maimed.
The report could not be independently verified.
Posted by: Fred 2018-11-11