BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 A.M.) – Fighting persisted in Yemen’s strategic port city of Hodeidah on Friday, as Saudi-led coalition forces continued their offensive to wrest control of the city from the Houthis.
Led by the Yemeni Republican Guard and Southern Resistance Army, the Saudi Coalition managed to score an imperative advance on Friday when their troops took control of the strategic Hodeidah Hospital.
This advance comes just 24 hours after the Houthi forces cutoff their supply lines to the provincial capital of the Hodeidah Governorate.
According to the UN, thousands of people have been trapped in the city by the fighting and some 445,000 people from the Hodeidah Governorate have fled since the start of the large-scale operation in June.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called the ongoing conflict in Yemen the “world’s worst humanitarian crisis,” since over 22 million people – nearly three-quarters of the population – require some form of humanitarian assistance.
The UN has also stated that over 13 million people in Yemen are at risk of dying from starvation in what could become the worst famine the world has witnessed in a century.