Aid port in Yemen bombed amid humanitarian crises

Houthi held checkpoints around Hodeida port bombed by Saudi-led coalition

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Smoke billows from the site of a Saudi-led air strike in Yemen's western port city of Houdieda August 16, 2015

A Saudi-led coalition targeted Iranian backed Houthi positions in Yemen's Red Sea port of Hodeida early on Tuesday, port officials said, cranes and warehouses have been destroyed around the port.

The Hodeida port is one of the main hubs for the import of esential aid supplies to the Yemeni north.

Intence clashes took place in Taez, as local Saudi-backed fighters who are pro lawful Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, are pushing to advance in the city against Houthi rebels.

Army units loyal to the deposed Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh are fighting alongside Houthis in retaining a foothold in Taez, Houthis already control the northern highlands and Red Sea coastal plain as far south as Ibb.

Ibb is an estimated 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of Taez and 200 kilometres (125 miles) southeast of Hodeida.

Pro-Hadi fighters has made significant progress in their southern advancements, and announced its control over the fifth province of Shabwa on Saturday.

Pro-Hadi resistance forces, backed by the Saudi-led coalition have controlled several governmental buildings in Taez that have previously been seized and sealed by the Iranian-backed Houthis within the last few months.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said last week the country was "crumbling" under the humanitarian crises as the Hodeida port is a focal spot for aid supplies.

The war in Yemen started when Houthi aggression pushed the Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi to call on Arab countries to “help save Yemen." King Salman of Saudi Arabia has responded to the call and the military operations that started in late March of this year. The Saudi-led "decisive storm" operations, in which the Kingdom joins forces with 12 other countries to aid the exiled Yemeni government.

The UN has declared the situation in Yemen to be a level-three humanitarian emergency, the highest on its scale, following an estimated 80 percent of the country's population falling into the dire need of humanitarian aid. 

Twenty million people in the country are in need of relief, 13 million are facing food shortages and 9.4 million are having difficulties accessing drinking water.


TRTWorld and agencies