At Least 80 Killed as Saudi-Backed Forces Reach Hodeidah Residential Areas

Houthis try to reinforce area after Saudi-backed forces seize hospital

Saudi-backed invasion forces are pushing deeper into the vital Yemeni aid port of Hodeidah, with heavy fighting on Saturday killing at least 80 across the city. Hodeidah’s main hospital has fallen and now the fighting has reached the residential area surrounding it.

Medics reported that among the 80 killed, 61 were Houthi fighters and the other 19 were pro-Saudi soldiers. There were also reports of civilian casualties from several airstrikes in the area, though exact numbers are unclear.

This is the latest of several major military offensives against the port. The most recent push was said to include thousands of additional fighters, including Yemeni factions and the Sudanese military.

Hodeidah port is the source of materially all aid into the Houthi-held north of Yemen. This food and medicine is keeping millions of people alive, albeit malnourished. There are concerns that the fall of the port will directly lead to mass famine.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.