Monday, 16 July, 2018

Yemen's president returns to Aden from Saudi Arabia

Yemeni children receive food aid in the coastal city of Hodeida Image Yemeni children receive food aid in the coastal city of Hodeida
Leonard Rios | 17 June, 2018, 21:05

Yemen's President Abdrabu Mansur Hadi, who was forced into exile in Saudi Arabia after the Houthis seized Sanaa in late 2014, returned to the interim capital Aden on Thursday to "supervise" the military operations in Hodeidah, the state-run Saba news agency said.

The UAE official did say the coalition is waiting for a minesweeper from France to clear the mines.

In addition to the UAE ship getting hit, at least several dozen fighters from both sides have been killed, civilians in Hodeidah are reportedly fleeing, the coalition has conducted dozens of airstrikes, and the Houthis have fired missiles at Saudi Arabia.

A day after launching an offensive against the Iran-backed Shiite rebels, known as the Houthis, to capture the Yemeni port city of Hodeida, the Saudi Arabia-led coalition that is backing the Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi government, managed to capture al-Durayhmi town.

A United Nations diplomatic source said five commercial vessels were offloading at the port.

And for now, she said Hodeidah's all-important port - which receives about 80 percent of the country's imports - remains untouched by the bombardment.

The Houthis are backed by Iran, and its members follow the Shia Islamic branch of Zaidism.

Following a two-hour closed-door meeting, Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia, who holds the council presidency, said council members were "united in their deep concern about the risks to the humanitarian situation".

The UN Security Council has called for the key Yemeni ports of Hodeida and Saleef to be kept open and appealed for a political solution to end Yemen's three-year conflict.

"We are there and delivering, we are not leaving Houdaida", Grande said. The Arab coalition supporting Yemen's government, which includes the UAE, has deployed thousands of troops to support local forces in the offensive.

"The liberation of Hodeidah is the cornerstone of overthrowing the financial empire built by Houthis", said Ibrahim, another Sanaa citizen.

Forces advancing on the ground approached the Hodeidah airport, while ambulances wounded a number of the Saudi-backed invading forces wounded in the fighting.

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The main port city of Hodeidah is now under control of Saudi-led coalition forces.

Fighting on the ground is focused on the area around Hodeidah's airport, to the south of the city, and the United Nations reported that aid shipments continued to flow at Hodeidah's port.

Depriving the Houthis of their control of Hodeida port, at the Yemeni government's request, means that the Houthis will no longer be able to impose their will at the barrel of a gun.

Saudi Arabia - Yemen's northern neighbor and Iran's principal rival in the region - soon intervened with a coalition that includes the United Arab Emirates and gets logistical support from the US, seeking to reinstate Yemen's government.

"People are scared. The warships are terrifying and warplanes are flying overhead all the time", university student Amina, 22, who lives near the port, told Reuters by telephone.

Nine pro-government troops were killed in the same area, the medics said.

Sweden is urging the U.N. Security Council to call for "an immediate freeze" in the attack on Yemen's port of Hodeida by Saudi-led coalition forces.

After a two-hour UN Security Council meeting, the 15-member body urged "all sides to uphold their obligations under worldwide humanitarian law", said Russian UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia, president of the council for June.

Almost 10,000 people have been killed since the alliance intervened in Yemen in March 2015, contributing to what the United Nations has called the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Despite the joy in the faces of most of the population in Sana'a, citizens fear a consequent disruption of the port's work and the disruption of the flow of goods and fuel to Sanaa and other provinces under militia rule.

Fighting In Yemen Port City Threatens Aid Shipments The fighting in a Yemeni port city is reportedly increasing, threatening aid shipments.

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