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Yemen War: Battle of the vital port of Hudaydah intensified

Image copyrightAFP Image textsThe administrative forces have made limited progress on the outskirts of Hudaydah The battle against the Yemeni…

 Yemeni government forces extend to the rebel-based port of Hudaydah (November 6, 2018)

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The administrative forces have made limited progress on the outskirts of Hudaydah

The battle against the Yemeni port of Hudaydah has been intensified, as government forces supported by Saudi-led coalition air are turning to rebel positions.

More than 1

50 people were reported to have been killed since troops and militants raised a land attack on the outskirts of the city last Thursday.

The United Nations and charities say that the camps also endanger medical facilities and hundreds of thousands of civilians.

The port of Hudaydah is a lifeline for millions of Yemeni who risk famine. 19659007] Up to 80% of the humanitarian supplies, fuel and merchandise they are dependent on are delivered through the facility and UN officials have warned that tolls in life can be catastrophic if damaged, destroyed or blocked.

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Yemen has been destroyed by a conflict escalated in 2015 when Arab states intervened after the rebel Houthi movement seized control of the country’s violence and forced President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi to fly abroad.

At least 6,660 civilians have been killed and 10,560 injured in war, according to the United Nations. The fighter and a partial blockade of the coalition have also left 22 million people in need of humanitarian aid, creating the world’s largest food security emergency and led to a cholera outbreak that hit 1.1 million people.

The Hudaydah offensive, led by the United Arab Emirates, began in June.

Pro-government soldiers and militants made initial rapid progress, capturing the city’s southern suburbs and airport. But they did not drive into the city center, where rebel fighters set up sniper positions, dug excavations into streets and land mines.

The increase in the campaign last week came after the United States – which has provided logistical and intelligent support to the coalition with the United Kingdom and France – demanded that hostilities cease and peace talks began in late November.

Two hundred flight strikes were reported in a round Hudaydah on Saturday alone, and auxiliaries say there have been intense conflicts around the airport, east of the city and near a university in the west.

On Wednesday, Save the Children said a health facility supporting Hudaydah had been under attack injuring a drugstore that supplies desperate medicine.

Artillery scales had also hit residential areas and temporary roads had prevented people from leaving or entering the city overnight and, in fact, catching them in an active conflict zone.

The UN Children‘s Fund (Unicef) warned on Tuesday that the fighting was “dangerously close” to the Al-Thawra Hospital in southern Hudaydah, giving birth to 59 children, including 25 in intensive care, with imminent risk of death.

“Medical staff and patients at the hospital have confirmed Hörsel of heavy bombing and shooting. Access to and from the hospital, the only one in the area, is now uncontrollable,” says CEO Henrietta Fore.

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“Children in particular can not afford Al-Thawra to be captured in the fighting. Hudaydah and neighboring regions account for 40% of the 400,000 children in the co-operation who are suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Some of the sickest are taken to the hospital for emergency care, “she added.

The International Red Cross (ICRC) also expressed concern about the fighting near Al-Thawra Hospital and urged all parties to respect civilian and civilian international humanitarian and civilian rights.

Previously, there were unconfirmed reports that Houthi soldiers had been stationed within or near medical facilities in an obvious attempt to avoid coalition and artillery attacks.

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Up to 80 % of Yemeni’s resources, fuel and commercial goods arrive at Hudaydah’s port

A resident told the Guardian newspaper that Tuesday’s rebels entered the May 22 hospital, located just north of the main road to the capital Sanaa, and set sniper positions on its roof.

Houthi-driven human rights ministry in the meantime accused the coalition of directing grain silos in Hudaydah, where tens of thousands of tons of wheat and flour are stored along with local roads, bridges, factories and markets.

The coalition has said it does not intend to capture Hudaydah city or port, but its forces can try to call them and introduce a siege before the end of the month, when the UN Special Envoy, Martin Griffiths, hopes that peace talks will resume.

The Coalition has accused Houthis of using Hudaydah to smuggle weapons from their allied Iran. Both Iran and the rebels have denied this.

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