Saudi-Led Coalition Begins Airstrikes On Yemeni Port City Despite U.N. Warnings Of Humanitarian Catastrophe

Foreign Policy: U.S.-Backed Catastrophe Brewing in Yemen
“With all eyes turned toward the summit in Singapore between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen prepared to dramatically ramp up the conflict there with an assault on the key port of Hodeida, the country’s main lifeline for food, fuel, and medicine…” (Johnson et al., 6/11).

New York Times: Arab Coalition Attacks Yemeni City in Bid to Oust Rebels
“…The attack, following several days of failed diplomacy, seemed aimed at tipping the balance in Yemen’s long-running civil war against the Houthi rebels, who control the port, and armed forces loyal to the Saudis and Emiratis. But any sustained fighting could deepen what is already the world’s worst humanitarian disaster…” (Coker, 6/13).

NPR: Airstrike Reportedly Hits Doctors Without Borders Facility In Yemen
“A Saudi-led airstrike blasted off the roof and pulverized walls of a cholera treatment center in Yemen, but no one was hurt, according to an international aid group, even as civil war has led to widespread outbreaks of the disease…” (Cheslow, 6/12).

U.N. News: Assault on key Yemeni port would endanger 300,000 children and ‘choke off’ aid for millions more: UNICEF chief
“…UNICEF Executive Director, Henrietta Fore, said that she was ‘extremely concerned’ about continuing reports that forces from the United Arab Emirates which are part of a Saudi-led coalition battling Houthi rebels who currently control Hodeida, are planning an imminent attack to recapture the city…” (6/12).

Wall Street Journal: U.S. Deepens Role in Yemen Fight, Offers Gulf Allies Airstrike-Target Assistance
“The U.S. military is providing its Gulf allies with intelligence to fine-tune their list of airstrike targets in Yemen’s most important port, one sign of the Trump administration’s deepening role in a looming assault that the United Nations says could trigger a massive humanitarian crisis…” (Nissenbaum, 6/12).

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