U.N. In Talks To Take Over Administration Of Strategic Yemeni Port City

The Guardian: U.N. in advanced talks to take over besieged Yemen port
“Talks are at an advanced stage for the United Nations to take over the administration of the vital port of Hodeidah under siege from a Saudi-led coalition, the U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator Lise Grande said on Sunday. The Red Sea port is the main distribution point for commercial and humanitarian supplies into Yemen…” (Wintour, 6/17).

New York Times: Battles Rage Around International Airport in Strategic Yemeni City
“…The battle for Al Hudaydah is shaping up to be the biggest and possibly most consequential of a war that started in 2015 when the Saudi-led coalition attacked the Houthis, who had seized the Yemeni capital a year earlier…” (Kalfood/Walsh, 6/16).

NPR: U.N. Reportedly In Talks To Take Over Major Port In Yemen
“… ‘Twenty-two million people in Yemen depend on humanitarian assistance. If we can’t provide what they need, they’re going to be in terrible trouble,’ Grande told NPR’s David Greene. ‘We have to keep that port open, we have to make sure that people get the supplies that they need.’ In a statement released Saturday Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general for the World Health Organization called on both sides of the conflict to protect the port…” (Davis, 6/17).

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