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Humanitarian Crisis In Yemen Grows Urgent After Saudi-Led Coalition Launches Offensive To Capture Port City

Devex: Battle for Hodeida puts local aid workers in the crosshairs
“A Saudi-led offensive against Houthi rebels on Yemen’s major port of Hodeida could increase risks of cholera and famine as access to food and water plummets, humanitarians are warning, while exposing aid agencies’ reliance on local staff to provide assistance in the most dangerous settings. … Humanitarian workers described a ‘steady, gradual decline’ in conditions…” (Lieberman/Chadwick, 6/14).

New York Times: Humanitarian Crisis Worsens in Yemen After Attack on Port
“An Arab military coalition invaded Yemen’s main Red Sea port on Wednesday, worsening what is already the world’s most severe humanitarian disaster by disrupting the delivery of food and other supplies to millions of Yemenis. … After years of war, eight million of Yemen’s estimated 28 million people are at risk of starvation, according to the United Nations and aid agencies…” (Coker/Schmidt, 6/13).

Washington Post: Running on empty
“…Refugee settlements have sprung up across southern Yemen, multiplying the pressure on Western aid agencies and hospitals struggling to cope with injuries, disease, and hunger. The crisis grew even more urgent on Wednesday when a Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen’s exiled government launched an offensive to capture Hodeida, a vital port controlled by northern rebels. The United Nations has warned that an assault on the city of 600,000 people could kill tens — even hundreds — of thousands of civilians…” (Raghavan, 6/14).

Additional coverage of the war and humanitarian crisis in Yemen is available from The Guardian, PRI, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.