We are at a turning point in Yemen: UAE Minister

‘Our strategic goal is to end the war in Yemen and that can’t be done while Houthis are controlling Hodeida’

“Hodeida is a money maker for the Houthis, and the people of Hodeida are rejecting Houthis,” Anwar Gargash said.


Dubai: “We are at a turning point (in Yemen). As long as the Houthis hold Hodeida, they will continue to impede the political process. Our strategic goal is to end the war in Yemen and that can’t be done while Houthis are controlling Hodeida,” said Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, on Monday in Dubai.

He talked about  the latest Arab coalition operation to liberate the Yemen port city of Hodeida from Al Houthi control and the humanitarian situation in Hodeida and the aid bridge that was opened between the UAE and Yemen.

The full control of Hodeida is just a matter of time; we have been extremely careful in protecting civilians, Anwar Gargash said, while addressing the media at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dubai.

The Emirates Red Crescent on Sunday began the distribution of urgent humanitarian supplies to civilians in the liberated areas of Hodeida, which aims to ease the suffering of Yemeni civilians who continue to face severe economic hardship due to the war.

“Hodeida is a money maker for the Houthis, and the people of Hodeida are rejecting Houthis,” Gargash said. They make three billion dollars through trade from that port, he said.

Sana’a and Hodeida have been under Al Houthi control since the militants’ 2014 coup against the internationally recognised government.

According to Gargash, “UAE estimates that there are still 2000 to 3000 Houthi militia fighters in Hodeida, and that they fight in small groups, not in a uniform and depend on snipers and mines in their fighting strategy.”

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