Vital humanitarian aid is at risk for hundreds of thousands of people living in the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah as a Saudi-led coalition lays siege to the rebel-held port city.
80% of aid materials such as medicine, fuel and food enter Yemen through Hodeidah; to the Saudi-led coalition, it’s a strategic port for Iranian-backed Houthis to smuggle arms. The attack went ahead despite days of urging by UN diplomats to delay the siege.
The attack, led by forces loyal to Yemen’s exiled government, will likely exacerbate "an already catastrophic humanitarian situation in Yemen," the International Committee of the Red Cross said Wednesday. 8.4 million people in Yemen are facing pre-famine conditions, according to the WHO.