See barefooted Houthis celebrating.
According to Saba, the Houthi forces inflicted heavy damage on the coalition troops, while also seizing their military equipment.
The Houthis also scored a victory against the coalition-backed Hadi loyalists in the Midi Desert: https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/ho ... di-border/
On 1 July, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reported it has suspended its military operations in Hodeidah for a week to support UN envoy Martin Griffith’s efforts to force the unconditional withdrawal of Ansarullah, the Houthis, from Hodeidah:
We welcome continuing efforts by UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths to achieve an unconditional Houthi withdrawal from Hodeidah city and port. We have paused our campaign to allow enough time for this option to be fully explored. We hope he will succeed.
Where the Britain-backed coalition demands the surrender of the Houthis, in a tweet they demand that the “mercenaries” stop their aggression:
If the UAE is sincere in stopping their aggression against Hodeidah, we are ready to communicate to discuss how to get their mercenaries out of the siege there.
The real reason that the UAE reported to stop the offensive could have been forced by the major losses they suffered in the past days.
Mohammed Abdul-Salam, spokesman for the Houthis, responded on 1 July that the UAE military operation has not stopped, and the report to halt the offensive was only made to “deceive public opinion”: http://www.larouchepub.com/pr/2018/1807 ... pause.html
Hundreds of millions worth of pounds British missiles and bombs have been “secretly” sold to Saudi Arabia to use against Yemen under the system of Open Individual Export Licences (OIELs). In 2015, coincidentally when the full-blown war against Yemen started, OIELs were greatly encouraged.
OIELs allow an unlimited number of sales over a fixed period, typically between 3 and 5 years without the obligation to publish the total value of the licence after it expires. OIELs are used to mask the true extent of British arms exports to the Saudis (and the UAE?).
The UK government insists that it operates one of the most robust arms export control regimes in the world with all export licence applications assessed on a case-by-case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria.
It is estimated that for the last 5 years, Britain has “secretly” sold some 100 British-made Storm Shadow missiles worth £80 million, 2,400 Paveway IV bombs worth £150 million, and 1,000 Brimstone missiles worth £100 million to Saudi Arabia.
Andrew Smith of the Campaign Against Arms Trade explained:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/ ... bia--yemenOpen licences remove the need for the seller to obtain prior approval for each export. It’s an opaque system which has been used to shift extremely sensitive weaponry to the Saudi regime.
By the government’s own admission it is trying to encourage more companies to use this type of licence.
If permission is not needed before a specific export of missiles or bombs takes place, then how can it claim to operate a case-by-case system?
(archived here: http://archive.is/Xbizp)