Washington Institute: Houthis are setting up large numbers of trenches in Hodeida

Washington Institute: Houthis are setting up large numbers of trenches in Hodeida

Alsahwa Net- The Washington Institute for Near East Policy has reported that the Houthis “ are setting up large numbers of trenches, barriers, and minefields within the city” of Hodeida.

“The Houthis have also used the ceasefire period to substantially increase their fortifications in Hodeida city, contrary to the requirements of the Stockholm Agreement and Resolution 2451,” it added.

“Prior to December 18, there were 157 Houthi trenches in the city, but 50 new trenches been dug as of January 2—a claim supported by overhead imagery presented to the UN and seen by the author”.

In a report issued on January 8, the institute said that the Houthis have also installed numerous barriers inside the city, typically shipping containers. Before the ceasefire, 118 such barriers were reported, but an additional 109 were installed as of January 2.

“Some of these obstacles have been protected with new minefields. At the same time, coalition engineering vehicles have been periodically targeted with antitank weapons, preventing from clearing rubble. Thus, the Houthis have not only defied the UN requirement “to remove any military manifestations from the city,” they have also impeded the coalition from clearing obstacles in liberated areas” It went on.

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