BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:50 A.M.) – The Yemen Civil War has been raging for over three years now and the country’s political situation remains uncertain.
With two major entities vying for power, Yemen has witnessed an increase in hostilities over the last six months, despite repeated attempts by the international community to reach a political settlement.
Unlike previous years, the Houthi forces are no longer on the offensive in several parts of Yemen; this is due in large part to their falling out with the Yemeni Republican Guard after the assassination of former President ‘Ali ‘Abdullah Saleh.
Since Saleh’s death, the Yemeni Republican Guard has played a major role in the collapse of the Houthi defenses in southwestern Yemen.
The Yemeni Republican Guard and their allies from the Saudi-led Coalition are now on the offensive in the strategic province of Hodeidah, as they attempt to capture the last major port under the control of the Houthi forces.
Thus far, the Saudi-led Coalition has seized a large portion of southern Hodeidah, as a new battle rages at the municipal airbase.