Saudi Airstrikes Hit Houthi Supply Lines Around Yemen’s Hodeidah

Attacks aim to prevent reinforcements reaching the vital aid port

Fighting continues to rage in and around the vital Yemeni aid port of Hodeidah. The Shi’ite Houthis have been attempting to get reinforcements in to protect the city, but Saudi warplanes are pounding supply lines and trying to keep the rebels from reaching the city.

Strikes over the weekend focused on convoys approaching the city. Houthi officials say that the Saudis have conducted 35 airstrikes in a 12-hour period, along with repeated artillery bombardment.

The port of Hodeidah is the main source of humanitarian aid into the country, and the lone aid port that remains under Houthi control. This means it is responsible for food for millions of civilians, and indeed the majority of the population of Yemen.

The international community has peace talks for Yemen tentatively scheduled for December, but in the meantime, Saudi-backed forces continue to escalate attacks on the port, raising fear it will either be closed by fighting, or destroyed in the strikes around the area. Either could lead to a precipitous famine.

Author: Jason Ditz

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