Saudi-led coalition sends thousands of troops towards Hodeidah

Al Jazeera 

A Saudi-UAE-led coalition fighting Yemen's Houthi rebels has sent more than 10,000 additional troops towards the rebel-held port city of Hodeidah, according to Yemeni government officials. The deployment is part of a planned new offensive aimed at securing "areas liberated" from the Houthis, a military official told AFP news agency on Tuesday. According to the unnamed official, the mission is expected to commence "within days" and forces from Sudan, part of the coalition, had moved in to "secure" areas around the strategic city. For the past 10 days, Houthi rebels have stationed fighters on the rooftops of buildings in Hodeidah city, AFP reported government military officials as saying. The Yemen conflict began in 2014 when the Houthis toppled the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and took control of the capital, Sanaa.

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