The Saudi-led coalition troops failed to deploy troops on the Western coasts of Yemen after they were defeated and pushed back by the army and popular committees.
A Yemeni military source said that the army and popular forces blocked the Saudi-led coalition militants' deployment on the Western coasts, adding that the enemies had attacked with a number of combat boats and frigates, supported by fighters and Apache helicopters.
He said that the Saudi-led forces could not advance and sustained a large number of casualties, noting that the remaining militants fled the battlescene.
Ansarullah Denies Pause of UAE Assault on Yemen's Hudaydah
Yemen’s Ansarullah movement announced that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) continues with its weeks-long offensive against the port city of Hudaydah, stressing that its recent claim of a halt in the military operation has only been made in an attempt to “deceive public opinion”.
Ansarullah Spokesman Mohammed Abdul-Salam stated that the UAE’s offensive against the Yemeni city had not been stopped, Al-Masirah reported on Sunday
The United Arab Emirates announced Sunday a pause in its military campaign on Hudaydah amid reports that the Saudi-led push has hit a brick wall in the face of stiff resistance from Yemen's Ansarullah.
UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said in a post on his Twitter account on Sunday that the halt in the offensive was meant to give a chance to UN efforts aimed at resolving the conflict.
"We welcome continuing efforts by UN Special Envoy, Martin Griffiths, to achieve an unconditional Houthi withdrawal from Hudaydah city and port," he stated, adding that "we have paused our campaign to allow enough time for this option to be fully explored. We hope he will succeed".
Yemeni Army Captures Academi Commander
Mon Jul 02, 2018
A commander of the infamous US security firm (Academi), formerly known as Blackwater, in Yemen was held captive by the Yemeni army and popular committees.
"The Yemeni army and Ansarullah group could hold captive one of the commanders of the US Blackwater firm who was fighting for the UAE in Yemen," a UAE security officer wrote on his twitter page on Monday.
He added that Ansarullah will soon release footages of the Blackwater commander who was held captive.
Meantime, the Yemeni media wrote on Monday that the country's army has hunted a big fish on the Western coasts, adding that strategic developments will be witnessed in the next few days to the benefit of the Yemeni army.
Another Blackwater commander had also been killed earlier when the Yemeni military backed by fighters of Ansarullah movement launched a Tochka ballistic missile on the al-Anad military base in the Southern Yemeni province of Lahij.
Colonel Nicholas Petros was killed along with a group of mercenaries fighting for the Saudi regime in its war on Yemen.
Lebanon's al-Ahed news website reported at the time that Apache helicopters, Typhoon fighter jets and armories belonging to the mercenaries were destroyed in the missile strike.
*Academi is an American private military company founded in 1997 by former Navy SEAL officer Erik Prince as Blackwater, renamed as Xe Services in 2009 and now known as Academi since 2011 after the company was acquired by a group of private investors.