Coalition strikes airport in Yemen's Hodeida

Blanche Robertson
June 18, 2018

Ignoring worldwide aid groups' warnings that an attack on the Yemeni city of Hodeida, which is held by Houthi rebels, could exacerbate hunger in an impoverished and war-torn nation already on the brink of starvation, Saudi-led us -backed coalition forces continued a sweeping assault on the Red Sea port city Saturday, reportedly seizing control of an airport.

Warplanes carried out five strikes on the port city of Hodeidah, a lifeline to millions of Yemenis, according to Saba, the official Houthi news agency.

"The armed forces which are supported by the Arab coalition have freed the al-Hodeida International Airport from the Houthi militias and the engineering teams have started to clean the airport and its surroundings from mines and bombs", the military said on its official Twitter account.

The highway between Hodeida and the government-held port of Mokha was cut off Friday in battles between the two warring sides, disrupting precious supply lines to the military.

United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator Lise Grande says talks for the take administrative control of the Hodeida International Airport in Yemen are in advanced stages, according to The Guardian.

The Shiite rebels, however, denied the claim in a statement on their Saba news agency on Sunday.

"Yemeni forces are calling upon Saudi-led forces via speakers to surrender because they have no other choice".

Griffiths, whose talks in Sanaa have been largely kept under wraps, is believed to be pressing the Houthis to cede control of the Red Sea port to a UN-supervised committee that would allow deliveries of commercial goods and aid to continue to flow.

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The capture of Hodeida would be the coalition's biggest victory of the war so far, and rebel leader Abdel Malek al-Houthi on Thursday called on his forces to put up fierce resistance and turn the region into a quagmire for coalition troops.

The Yemen war has claimed some 10,000 lives since the coalition intervened in 2015.

The meagre income that Yehia Sohail generated with occasional work at Hodeidah's port could soon vanish. He fears that source of income could soon vanish.

In this context, Mohammed al-Sharif, deputy head of Yemen's civil aviation, said images circulated online about the airport had been taken in October 2016. "When this siege comes and this disaster happens, where am I going to find work?" Sometimes strong rains and wind tear down their tiny home.

Their letter on Friday followed a similar memo sent last month, which went unanswered, as well as a War Powers Resolution that the pair of senators, along with Sen.

The Houthis have been using the port to smuggle in Iran-provided weapons, including ballistic missiles, which have repeatedly targeted Saudi Arabia.

Residents said Houthi fighters dug a large ditch at the northern entrance to Hodeidah to prevent coalition forces from advancing towards Sanaa.

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