Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Saudi-led coalition advances in Hodeidah province in Yemen

The Saudi-led Arab Coalition Forces and the Yemeni National Resistance Forces captured two more districts in Hodeidah province over the weekend as they close in on a key port through which the Houthi rebels control the bulk of humanitarian shipments to the country.

That was reported by

The liberation of Hodeida is essential to regaining control over the port, which is vital to the supply lines of the Iran-backed Houthi militias.


The sweeping advance towards Hodeida is a crucial step in liberating the whole of Yemen, with the UAE Armed Forces playing a greater role in driving out the Houthi militias.

Supported by UAE troops operating as part of the Arab Coalition, the Yemeni National Resistance Forces began their offensive in Al Khoja, a district of Hodeida on the Red Sea.

Following the success, the Emirates Red Crescent, the UAE’s humanitarian arm, immediately started its relief operations by distributing thousands of food baskets.

More: UAE deployed newest Nimr N35 armoured personnel carriers to Yemen

During a military operation in Hodeidah province were spotted the modern military vehicle and tanks of Armed Forces of  UAE. The UAE’s Leclerc main battle tanks equipped with the AZUR urban warfare protection package were spotted during advance in the West Coast of Yemen after liberating Al Khoja, on their way to fully liberating the strategic port city of Hodeida. The Leclerc tanks operated by the UAE have an MTU MT883 engine and Renk transmission.

More: First Patria AMV 8×8 armoured vehicles deliveries for United Arab Emirates

Also, Armed Forces of  UAE had deployed a modern Patria AMV 8×8 armoured vehicles to Yemen. The vehicles also have slat armour providing protection against close combat weapons such as hand-held anti-tank grenade launchers. In February 2016, Finnish Defense Company Patria Group has announced an export license to sell an unspecified number of 8×8 Patria AMV armored vehicles to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Patria AMV 8×8 APC (at the front) of UAE armed forces during an offensive against Houthis in Western coast of Yemen

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Colton Jones
Colton Jones
Colton Jones is the deputy editor of Defence Blog. He is a US-based journalist, writer and publisher who specializes in the defense industry in North America and Europe. He has written about emerging technology in military magazines and elsewhere. He is a former Air Force airmen and served at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany.



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