U.S. Lawmakers Urge Defense Secretary Mattis To Help Prevent Attack On Yemen Port City; Health Crisis In Country Worsens

Al Jazeera: Health crisis in Yemen’s port city goes from bad to worse
“The United Nations says a quarter of a million people in Yemen are in extreme danger as Saudi-led coalition forces prepare to take the port city of Hudaida. The U.N. says Hudaida has the largest number of sick people in Yemen with more than 70 percent of its population, especially children, at risk of malnutrition…” (Chaderjian, 6/11).

The Hill: Lawmakers circulate ‘urgent call’ for Mattis to prevent ‘catastrophic’ Yemen offensive
“A bipartisan group of House lawmakers is circulating a letter calling for Defense Secretary James Mattis to help prevent a ‘catastrophic’ military operation on a key port in Yemen. … The letter comes after the United Nations and humanitarian groups reported over the weekend that they were warned by the United Arab Emirates to evacuate the Yemeni port city of Hodeida by Tuesday…” (Kheel, 6/11).

Washington Post: Five reasons the crisis in Yemen matters
“…1. Most of Yemen’s population is on the brink of famine … 2. A proxy war is raging … 3. Yemen has been a breeding ground for terrorism … 4. Yemen is uniquely positioned within the global economy … 5. Humanitarian aid is barely keeping the country afloat…” (Sipress et al., 6/8).

Xinhua News: Int’l medical team suspends operation in northern Yemen after airstrike
“Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said it has ‘temporarily’ suspended operations in northern Yemen after an airstrike on Monday hit a cholera treatment center it runs in a rebel-held district…” (6/12).