UN Seeks New Hodeidah Talks As Thousands of Yemenis Displaced

Thousands flee contested area of vital aid port.

The UN is issuing calls for new talks on the vital Yemen aid port of Hodeidah, after the weekend saw the Saudis pull out and the Houthis seize more of the city.

The UN says the Houthi takeover is a “major shift” and warrants talks. Hodeidah is the main aid port for food and medicine into Yemen, and the lone port of the Houthis, explaining why they consider control so high a priority.

The recent fight has led to an outflow of civilians from the area changing hands, with the UN estimating 6,000 displaced. The UN runs a small tent camp for the displaced south of Hodeidah.

That’s not to say that this is all bad news, however. The UN conceded that the territory changing hands could ease the flow of civilians and goods back and forth between Hodeidah and the capital city of Sanaa.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.