150 Killed in Week-Long Fighting Around Yemen’s Hodeidah

23 fighters killed in past 24 hours

Reports out of Yemen suggest that the death tolls in the past week in the port city of Hodeidah are higher than anyone realized, with 150 killed and 260 wounded in the fighting over the past week.

Pro-Saudi officials are trying to blame the Houthis for this offensive. It’s not clear who started it this time, but no territory appears to have changed hands either way, meaning another casualty-heavy battle with no real resolution.

Hodeidah is the primary aid port in all of Yemen, and the only one supplying side to the country’s north. That’s why the UN has focused heavily on a ceasefire there, fearing the fall or damaging of the port could lead to mass starvation.

Last week’s fighting isn’t over, either, with 23 more fighters reported to have been killed Monday, continuing the fight with no end in sight. The port remains under Houthi control, while the south is under government control.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.