Assault on Yemen's Hodeidah Port could Cost 250000 Lives

  • Assault on Yemen's Hodeidah Port could Cost 250000 Lives

Assault on Yemen's Hodeidah Port could Cost 250000 Lives

According to the statement, the United Nations and its partners estimate that as many as 600,000 civilians are now living in Hodeidah and neighboring areas.

Humanitarian agencies working in Yemen are deeply anxious about by the likely impact of an assault.

"Cutting off imports through Hudaida for any length of time will put Yemen's population at extreme, unjustifiable risk", Grande said.

The Yemen civil war, now in its fourth year, is a multilayered conflict in which a Saudi-led coalition is battling to defeat a Houthi resistance and restore the UN-recognised government to the capital, Sana'a.

Noting that Yemen's most densely populated areas, Hodeidah is the single most important point of entry for the food and basic supplies needed to prevent starvation, Grande said: "Close to 70 percent of Yemen's imports, including commercial and humanitarian goods, enter through the ports of Hodeidah and Saleef". The ICRC statement did not identify the source of the threats.

Yemeni military artillery units hit Houthi targets in Sirvah, killing 20 Houthi rebels.

The official spokesman of the Coalition Forces (the Coalition for Supporting the Legitimacy in Yemen) Col.

Sirvah, captured by Houthis in April 2015, has faced fierce clashes between the Yemeni army and Houthi group in recent months.

The conflict pits the Iran-aligned Houthis, who took control of the capital Sanaa in 2014, against other Yemeni forces backed by a coalition loyal to exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and led by USA allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The United Nations estimates that more than 10,000 people have been killed, and three-quarters of the population depend on global aid.

The ongoing violence has also devastated Yemen's infrastructure, including water and sanitation systems, prompting the United Nations to describe the situation as one of "the worst humanitarian disasters in modern times".

The International Committee of the Red Cross said Thursday it has pulled 71 staff members out of Yemen after a series of incidents and threats in the war-torn country.

About 450 ICRC employees remain in Yemen, including dozens of expatriate staff, spokeswoman Marie-Claire Feghali said.