Saudi Warplanes Destroy Main North Yemen Aid Port in Hodeida
Adding to the humanitarian calamity across Yemen, but felt most strongly in the north of the country, Saudi warplanes on Aug. 18 attacked and destroyed much of the primary humanitarian aid port in Hodeida, the key Red Sea port through which aid to the north arrives. Yemen has been under naval blockade since March, and traditionally imports 90% of its food by sea. The blockade has limited this to a handful of Saudi-approved aid ships, mostly run by the UN.
Even this is going to be impossible in Hodeida now, with the destruction of cranes and warehouses at the port. Hodeida was the primary port for aid to the capital city of Sanaa, and had become materially the only route for aid into that area after the Saudis destroyed the Sanaa airport to prevent aid flights. With pro-Saudi forces controlling the southern coast, this attack may effectively be part of an effort to “starve out” the rest of the country.
- Aug 19, 2015