Dozens dead as Hudaydah resists new Saudi offensive

Yemeni forces are battling mercenaries and Saudi-backed militiamen loyal to resigned president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi in Hudaydah where dozens have been killed in recent days.
Pro-Hadi officials said Sunday a fresh offensive is being waged with the use of sophisticated weapons under the Saudi air cover to capture the district of Zubaid, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Dozens were reportedly killed on both sides of the fighting, including at least 18 people in the district of Durayhimi south of Hudaydah, which came under airstrikes.
Houthi fighters and their allies in the Yemeni army were trying to break into Durayhimi, about 20 kilometers south of Hudaydah International Airport, sources said.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE launched their offensive on June 13 to capture Hudaydah, the main entry point for food in a country teetering on the brink of famine.
The operation, however, came into an immediate halt in the face of stiff resistance by Houthi fighters and residents of the port city, which forced the kingdom to wind down the push.

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