BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 P.M.) – The Yemeni port-city of Hodeidah is “one airstrike away from an unstoppable epidemic,” Lisa Grande, the Humanitarian Coordinator of the United Nations, said in a statement from the capital city of Sana’a on Sunday.
“For weeks, we’ve been doing everything possible to help hundreds of thousands of people living in and near Hudaydah”, however, “these airstrikes are putting innocent civilians at extreme risk.”
The Hodeidah Governorate in western Yemen has been under a powerful attack by the Saudi-led Coalition since April; this has resulted in the death of several civilians.
For the millions of Yemeni civilians living outside of the regime-held areas, they are subjected to shortages in food and medical supplies because the Hodeidah Port is the lifeline for the provinces of Sana’a, Sa’ada, Hajjah, Hodeidah, Ta’iz, Al-Bayda, et al.
According to a UN report, at least 75 percent (22 million people) of the country requires some form of humanitarian aid or protection, including 8.5 million people who do not know where their next meal is coming from.
Since the Saudi-led Coalition restarted their military operations in Hodeidah, at least 50 people have been killed and 328 others have been wounded.
Most of the Hodeidah province is currently under the control of the Houthi forces (var. Ansarallah Movement), who oppose the Yemeni regime of Saudi-backed ‘Abd Rubbah Mansour Hadi.