Fighting near the city of Hodeidah intensified when Saudi-UAE forces launched a large-scale offensive trying to retake the Houthi-held Saada province, serving as a main gateway for imports of vital humanitarian aid into the country. Eleven civilians and at least two children have died in the raid.
Fighting in Yemen escalated in 2015, when an international coalition led by Saudi Arabia intervened against “Houthi-Saleh” opposition forces in a conflict, which is soon to enter its fourth year. According to UN experts, airstrikes have been hitting residential areas, markets, hospitals, weddings and funeral services.
A third of the air raids have targeted non-military sites. Thousands of civilians have died and around eight million are on the brink of famine.
The Ryiad regime’s intervention in one of the Middle East poorest countries has been backed by Britain and US, which provide military equipment, logistical and intelligence assistance, while Iran supports the Houthi rebels.
The United Nations special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths arrived in the capital Sanaa on Sunday in an attempt to foster peace talks between the two fractions. Shortly after the attempt collapsed, the Saudi-UAE-backed government forces intensified their offensive to capture Hodeidah and its port.SK