Pro-Saudi Forces Capture District in Yemen’s Port of Hodeidah

Civilians flee as vital aid port is again contested

Yemen’s vital aid port of Hodeidah looks like it might start to stabilize, with both the Saudis and UAE withdrawing from the south. Civilians displaced were even starting to move back.

The exodus is back on, now, with pro-Saudi forces attacking Hodeidah over the weekend, and seizing the Jabal Ra’s District. Saudi airstrikes also pounded the city.

A new round of fighting could again threaten aid flow, especially in north Yemen where Hodeidah is the last functioning port. Other ports were destroyed early in the war.

Before that, the return of fighting means civilians are once again fleeing from the area, adding to the massive number if displaced across Yemen, who continue to struggle with food insecurity.

Author: Jason Ditz

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