Civil­ians in dan­ger as fight­ing es­ca­lates in Ye­meni port city

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL - In­for­ma­tion for this ar­ti­cle was con­trib­uted by Ali Al Mu­ja­hed and Su­darsan Ragha­van of The Wash­ing­ton Post; and by Brian Ro­han of The As­so­ci­ated Press.

SANAA, Ye­men — De­spite U.S. calls for a cease­fire, fight­ing is es­ca­lat­ing in a strate­gic Ye­meni port city, threat­en­ing the lives of hun­dreds of thou­sands of civil­ians and deep­en­ing a hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis where mil­lions are al­ready grap­pling with a pos­si­ble famine.

The clashes in Hodeida, pit­ting a U.S.-backed re­gional coali­tion led by Saudi Ara­bia and the United Arab Emi­rates against north­ern Houthi rebels, has led to nu­mer­ous civil­ian ca­su­al­ties over the past week, said res­i­dents, health work­ers and aid agen­cies.

The vi­o­lence is also near­ing med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties, threat­en­ing the safety of pa­tients and es­sen­tial med­i­cal work­ers.

The fight­ing has par­tic­u­larly in­ten­si­fied near Hodeida’s port, through which passes more than 70 per­cent of all food, fuel medicines and other es­sen­tial sup­plies des­tined for the north­ern part of the coun­try where large ma­jor­ity of Ye­me­nis live.

“Hodeida is once again trapped in vi­o­lence with hun­dreds of thou­sands of Ye­me­nis caught in the mid­dle,” Fabrizio Car­boni, a se­nior of­fi­cial for the In­ter­na­tional Com­mit­tee for the Red Cross, said in a state­ment Thurs­day.

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