Saudi Coalition to Open Humanitarian Corridors Out of Yemen’s Hodeidah Port

Key aid port will have routes allowing delivery of aid to capital

On Monday, a spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition attacking Yemen announced that they will open a humanitarian corridor out of the vital aid port of Hodeidah. The corridor is intended to allow aid deliveries to the capital city of Sanaa.

The decision is being done in coordination with the UN. Officials did not say when this corridor would be opened, but it would only allow travel parts of the day through certain routes. Hodeidah is the lone source of food aid for all of northern Yemen, and is estimated to feed about 70% of the entire country.

With Saudi-led forces attacking Hodeidah, and cutting off all supply routes, materially no aid is coming out of the city right now. This had led aid groups to warn that Yemen will run out of food in the next two months, leading to mass starvation.

The Shi’ite Houthi movement controls both Hodeidah and Sanaa, along with much of the rest of north Yemen. The Saudi-backed groups control all other ports into Yemen, and they have generally not allowed aid to be delivered from those ports to “disloyal” cities.

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