Saudia Arabia attack on Yemen: Hodeidah assaulted by warships and warplanes

Saudia Arabia attack on Yemen: Hodeidah assaulted by warships and warplanes

United Nations aid chief Mark Lowcock, who also briefed the council, said an attack on Hodeidah would be "catastrophic" and that aid agencies were hoping to "stay and deliver" in Yemen, which the United Nations describes as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Some 300,000 children risk death, injury and starvation as they are trapped in Yemen's main port city which is under assault from Saudi-led Arab states, aid groups said on Wednesday.

The US also helps the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen with "limited intelligence sharing", aerial refueling for coalition jets, and training to make coalition airstrikes more precise, Rankine-Galloway previously told Business Insider.

Before dawn Wednesday, convoys of vehicles appeared to be heading toward the rebel-held city, according to videos posted on social media.

"We hear sounds of explosions".

According to Dubai-based Al Arabiya, Yemeni troops have gained control of the city's southern district of Nekheila.

In a statement made to Emirates News Agency (WAM), Colonel Sadiq Al Duwaid, Spokesman of the Yemeni National Resistance, said the joint resistance forces made a huge advance towards the city of Al Hodeidah, closing in 8 kilomteres within the city's airport and controlling the districts of Al Nekhailah and Al Taif, south of Hodeidah, amid major collapse in the Houthi militias ranks.

"The hampering of the function of the seaport will for sure have an impact on the population's living conditions and the capacity for them to cope with the current crisis", he added.

TRT World's Editor-at-large Ahmed al-Burai explains what's behind the Hudaida assault.

Responding to the early stages of the attack-which began with an estimated 30 Saudi airstrikes within half an hour, guided by USA military intelligence-Win Without War wrote on Twitter that the attack is "a dark moment of shame for the United States". "Liberation of the port of Hudaida is a milestone in our struggle to regain Yemen from the militias".

A draft for a United Nations peace plan for Yemen exclusively seen by Reuters calls on the Houthi movement to give up its ballistic missiles in return for an end to a bombing campaign from a Saudi-led coalition.

Battle for Yemen's biggest port under way

"The targeted ship was carrying troops prepared for a landing on the coast of Hodeida", the channel said. There was no immediate confirmation from the coalition.

Forces loyal to Yemen's exiled government and irregular fighters led by Emirati troops had neared Hudaida in recent days. The port is some 150 kilometres (90 miles) southwest of Sanaa, Yemen's capital, which has been in Houthi hands since September 2014.

Pro-government troops began the offensive to retake the rebel-held port city, which is a key aid hub, on Wednesday, despite mounting worldwide fears about the humanitarian fallout.

The United Nations and other aid groups already had pulled their global staff from Hodeida ahead of the rumored assault.

"Hodeidah is a lifeline for millions and millions of Yemenis", Iolanda Jaquemet, a spokeswoman from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), told RT.

We are in regular contact with the Coalition about the need to ensure that any military operations in and around Hodeidah are conducted in accordance with worldwide humanitarian law, including on the protection of civilians, and do not disrupt commercial and humanitarian flows through the port.

Colonel Al Duwaid revealed that several Houthi fighters were killed in confrontations with resistance forces, while their commanders fled the battle front en mass, leaving behind their dead elements and weapons. The city is vital for aid shipments, as about 70 percent of Yemen's imports go through its port. A Saudi-led airstrike in 2015 destroyed cranes at Hudaida.

The United Nations said Friday the worst-case scenario is 250,000 civilians killed in the assault. "We are also deeply concerned that these operations jeopardize prospects for a near-term political resolution to the conflict".

CARE International, one of the few aid agencies still there, said 30 airstrikes hit the city within half an hour.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Monday acknowledged the USA continues to provide support to the Saudi-led coalition.

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