Saudi-backed forces ‘breach port de­fences’

The Guardian - - WORLD - Pa­trick Win­tour

Forces loyal to the Ye­meni govern­ment, backed by Saudi and UAE airstrikes, claimed yes­ter­day to have breached the first line of de­fences of Houthi rebels de­fend­ing the strate­gic port of Hodei­dah.

The United Arab Emi­rates claimed its oper­a­tion – dubbed Golden Vic­tory – had reached an area within five miles of the air­port, amid re­ports of ter­ri­fied civil­ians try­ing to flee the city.

The Hodei­dah deep sea port on the Red Sea is the base from which badly needed food, wa­ter and medicine are distributed to more than 8 mil­lion Ye­me­nis, and all sides fear the fight­ing may re­sult in the de­struc­tion of the port’s in­fra­struc­ture, ei­ther by Houthi mines or airstrikes di­rected by the UAE.

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