UN Ready to Supervise Yemen’s Hodeidah Port
The United Nations is ready to help supervise Yemen‘s Hodeidah port to protect the vital supply lifeline from “potential destruction”, the world body said on November 23rd, as its envoy to the war-damaged country met managers of the Houthiheld harbour. Western countries are pressing for ceasefire and renewed peace efforts to end country’s three-year-old conflict amid international concern that half the population, or some 14 million people, could soon be on the brink of famine.
UN spokesman Rheal LeBlanc told reporters in Geneva that UN envoy Martin Griffiths had specific ideas about managing the port that he would present to the parties to the conflict. The port is an important supply line to the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa, located in mountains to the northeast of Hodeidah, as well as to much of the rest of the country. Near 85,000 children under five may have starved to death in Yemen since 2015.