Houthi Rebels Capture Major Yemen Coast Guard Base

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February 28, 2015
Hodeidah, Yemen

Houthi rebels took control of the coast guard center in Hodeidah, Yemen's second largest port town and fourth largest city, after heavy clashes with Yemeni special forces on February 27. Fighting went on for six hours, beginning at dawn when the Houthis bombed the centre with heavy weapons. Military sources did not confirm any injuries.

The video shows Houthis with the heavy artillery they seized, the interior of the coast guard center, and an armed contingent of them chanting, "Allahu Akbar, Death to America, Death to Israel, Curse on the Jews, Victory to Islam."

The Houthis took control over most of Hodeidah in October 2014 but there were pockets of resistance such as the base of the coast guard of the Yemeni Navy.

Hodeidah is Yemen's second largest coastal town in Yemen and is of strategic importance due to its situation on the Red Sea, between the Gulf of Aden and the Suez Canal.