SAUDI ROYAL AIR FORCES LAUNCHED AIRSTRIKES ON SHIA HOUTHIS TO CLAIM YEMEN’S MAIN PORT ‘HODEIDAH’




Mustafa AY – TDO – 13.09.2018 On Wednesday, Riyadh Administration decreed its Royal Air Forces to launch airstrikes on Yemeni Shia insurgents ‘Houthis’ to seize the grip of Yemen’s main port ‘Hodeidah’.  The last of large-scale airstrike mission was executed on July. However, with the intensified airstrikes by Saudi Arabia, Shia Houthis retaliated Riyadh’s airstrikes by sabotaging Saudi oil giant ARAMCO’s large oil tankers. As a result of retaliation, Riyadh halted airstrikes and then, negotiated with Houthis to reach a peace accord. During almost 2-moth reconciliation talks in Geneva, the efforts for peace by opposing parties culminated with nothing, but failure. Once the peace talks ended with absolute disagreement, Riyadh resumed the airstrikes over Shia Houthis to capture Hodeidah port from them. Riyadh wants to capture the port because they claim that Hodeidah port has been utilized to procure arms through the vessels in disguise of humanitarian aid ships.