15 June 2018Hot off the Press
The UN Security Council convened on Thursday at Britain’s request to discuss the latest Saudi-led offensive against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.
Alarm has continued to grow over the operation termed “Golden Victory”, which aims to wrest control of Yemen’s biggest port, Hodeida, from Houthi control.
The concern raised by the UN Security Council is focused on the possibility of the fighting cutting off the vital aid that flows through the port, which is keeping millions of Yemenis alive.
For the last two days the Saudi coalition have deployed naval forces and and aircraft to bombard rebel positions and some 21,000 troops have been positioning themselves for a ground assault.
The presence of artillery fire has also added to the growing panic among the civilian population.
Thousands of people are attempting to escape the port to the surrounding countryside in fear of a massacre.
However, the coalition has said that it will only occupy the port and will not deploy into the town itself, in order to avoid mass casualties.
The port is currently crammed with people, including large numbers of women and children, who have already fled fighting elsewhere.