Country Risk

Growing risks to marine and aviation assets in Houthi-controlled territory as coalition-backed forces mobilise in central Yemen

08 December 2017

Key Points

  • President Hadi has called for a general mobilisation against the Houthi movement after former Yemeni president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, was killed by Houthi militants in Sanaa on 4 December.
  • The offensive along the Red Sea coastline, coupled with the arrival of Saudi-led coalition military vehicles and supplies from al-Ghayda, Mahra province, indicates that the coalition’s priority is to stop weapons smuggling to Houthi insurgents through the Red Sea and Mahra province coastal regions.
  • Coalition backed military operations near Sanaa airport and Hodeidah port are likely in the coming weeks, with a high risk of collateral damage to those assets.

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