BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:15 A.M.) – One week after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia sought the U.S.’ military support to capture the strategic Yemeni port-city of Hodeideh, the latter has issued a warning to the two Gulf states about carrying out such an offensive.
“In terms of an operation on Hodeidah, we’ve been quite clear that we want to engage on the political track,” a Western official said on condition of anonymity, adding that U.N. envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths “now has the best chance of anyone in quite some time of getting it moving.”
“This is a point that we’ve made at the top level,” the official added. “The Saudis and Emiratis have made clear that they would not move without a joint understanding from their friends and partners of what the next steps are – what the day after will be – if there were an assault on Hodeidah.”
However, despite the ‘understanding,’ the UAE and Saudi-backed forces have continued their offensive to capture Hodeideh from the Houthi forces.
“The United States has been clear and consistent that we will not support actions that destroy key infrastructure or that are likely to exacerbate the dire humanitarian situation that has expanded in this stalemated conflict,” said the spokesperson to Reuters, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter and asked not to be named.
“We expect all parties to abide by the Law of Armed Conflict and avoid targeting civilians or commercial infrastructure,” the spokesperson said.