Yemen War Escalation over Vital Port of Hudaydah

تم نشره في Thu 14 June / Jun 2018. 12:00 AM
  • The assault began after Houthi rebels ignored a deadline to withdraw from Hudaydah - (EPA)

CAPITALS — Fierce fighting has been reported after pro-government forces in Yemen, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, launched an offensive on the rebel-held city of Hudaydah, a key port for aid supplies.

The United Arab Emirates confirmed four of its soldiers had been killed.

More than 20 Houthi rebels reportedly died in the escalations mainly near the city's airport and the al-Durayhmi area south of the city, media reports say.

The UN Security Council is to hold urgent talks on Yemen on Thursday.

About eight million people are at risk of starvation in the war-torn country and the coastal city is where most aid arrives for people in rebel-held areas.