The U.S.-backed coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates has unleashed a military bombardment against the Yemen port city of Hodeidah, sparking a humanitarian catastrophe.
At least 4,000 civilians were forced to flee their homes, and hundreds of fighters have been killed amidst the attack.
Hodeidah’s main airport was bombed today, resulting in hundreds wounded and depriving the country with one of the last transport routes for incoming humanitarian aid.
At least 15,000 civilians have already died in the conflict which has now lasted three years, and the country faces famine as well as the worst cholera outbreak in modern history.
The port city has been besieged for the last six days as the coalition attempts to force Houthi fighters to surrender their control of the port.
A whopping 70% of humanitarian supplies and 90% of commercial supplies for the entire country must pass through the port of Hodeidah — it’s destruction signals a complete breakdown in the chain of distribution which will further imperil the nearly 8.5 million Yemenis already on the brink of famine.
“Today we are at a point where catastrophic is becoming an understatement. … What we need to do today is to open the Sana’a airport, at least for the humanitarian reasons, for the people who need to evacuate, who are sick, who are wounded, to be able to leave. We can no longer afford to close this country so much for the Yemenis. We cannot keep the Yemenis hostage of this war.” — Marie-Claire Feghali with Red Cross
The United States has been supplying the coalition with intelligence, refueling capabilities, as well as personnel on the ground in the form of U.S. Green Berets.
The U.S. administration has repeatedly come under fire for its support of the coalition, as well as its role in the suffering and deaths of millions of Yemeni citizens, but has staunchly resisted calls to end its support.
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