Yemen’s government troops, which do not control a sizable part of that country’s territory, will hardly storm the biggest port city of Hodeidah held by Houthi rebels, Russian Ambassador to Yemen Vladimir Dedushkin told TASS.

The diplomat noted that, although Yemeni politicians and military officials often make statements on the upcoming assault on Hodeidah, there is a huge distance between public promises and specific actions on the ground. “Sober-minded politicians, both Yemeni and foreign, do not believe in a massive assault on Hodeidah,” the ambassador went on to say. “Military experts tend to believe that the Houthis can only be fully driven out the city at the cost of its complete destruction.”

Dedushkin noted that by now the fighting for Hodeidah had become a trench warfare despite air support for the Arab coalition. It takes place on the city’s fringes, about 15-20 kilometers away from its borders. “The assault would inevitably lead to the destruction of the biggest and only deep-sea Red Sea port, which receives 80% of cargo, including humanitarian, for the majority of the population,” he added.

According to the UN, there are about 350,000 refugees in Hodeidah, so the assault on the city would be a humanitarian disaster, the ambassador stressed.

“Turning one of the most beautiful cities of Yemen and the Red Sea into ruins similar to Stalingrad or Raqqa and Mosul would be lunacy,” he pointed out. “The press service of the Russian Foreign Ministry and Russian representatives to the UN Security Council have stated that on numerous occasions.”

“I would like to hope that a step towards a peaceful solution on Hodeidah will be taken at the intra-Yemeni consultations brokered by UN secretary-general’s special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths scheduled to be held in Geneva in September,” Dedushkin noted.

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Una ves liberado Siria, espero que Rusia e Irán intervengan para expulsar a los mercenarios de la Monarquía Saudí.

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You seem to not get that it’s Iran doing shït in Yemen through their Houthi mercenaries… Even if I absolutely despise the Bani-Saud and their disgusting methods, Houthis are absolutely illegitimate.

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Matija Tomac

Says the guy who supports the imperialist mercenaries occupying northern Syria.

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Nestor Arapa

El genocidio Monarca Saudí debe sacar las narices de un pueblo que busca libertad.

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Nestor : Saudis were called for help by the legitimate president of Yemen (even if I don’t like the al-Sauds AT ALL, that is a FACT).
Houthis are shitlamists barking Allah-uh-Akhbar who seized the power in Sa’ana through a coup, re-installed former dictator Saleh who was ousted by Yemen’s people while he was about to change the constitution to have a life-term “presidency” and groom his son as successor.
Houthis STARTED this war, obeying Tehran’s orders, this is another fact.
In other terms, Tehranrists are trying to impose a puppet SECTARIAN regime on Yemen while the country is supposed to be a democracy…

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Says the guy who supports the imperialist mercenaries occupying northern Syria.

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Yemeni-Saudi-Emirati “strategists” are freaking imbeciles!