UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Monday which the coalition was taking a measured approach to minimize risks to civilians, in addition to allowing the Houthis an escape route inland to their bastion from the capital Sanaa.
The Arab states say their aim is usually to seize the airport in addition to port in addition to to avoid street fights from the city center.
Gargash said the coalition was counting on Martin Griffiths, the U.N. special envoy for Yemen who arrived in Sanaa on Saturday, to secure a Houthi agreement to leave Hodeidah.
A member of the Houthi politburo, Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, denied the talks centred on handing over the port city “because This kind of request is usually unrealistic”.
“During all his visits, the envoy has discussed a comprehensive political solution which addresses … all the fronts in addition to not just Hodeidah only,” he told Reuters by telephone.
The coalition intervened in Yemen’s war in 2015 to try in addition to unseat the Houthis, restore the internationally recognized Yemeni government in exile in addition to thwart what Riyadh in addition to Abu Dhabi see as Iran’s expansionary ambitions from the region.
The Houthis, who control most of the populated areas from the unstable nation of 30 million people, deny the Arab states’ assertions they are puppets of Iran.
They say they came to power in a well-known revolt against corruption in addition to are protecting the country by foreign invasion.
Losing Hodeidah could deal a serious blow to the Houthis by cutting off their main supply line. the idea could also give an edge to the Western-backed military alliance which, despite superior weaponry in addition to firepower, has failed to defeat the group in a war which has killed 10,000 people.