Forces of the Saudi-UAE-coalition have kicked off an effot to encircle and retake the town of Harad in northwestern Yemen from the Houthis. According to reports, coalition forces have expanded a buffer zone near the village of Hayran and advanced on the so-called Ahem Triangle south of Harad.
Recently, warplanes of the coalition carried out a few strikes on Houthi targets in northwestern Yemen, mostly in the countryside of Harad. These strikes were also aimed at supporting the ongoing advance.
If the coalition establishes control of Harad, it will allow to secure the port city of Midi from a possible advance by the Houthis from the eastern direction. This will allow the coalition to consolidate further its gains in this part of the war-torn country.