UNSC to hold emergency session amid assault on Yemen's Hudaida

Fighting In Yemen Port City Threatens Aid Shipments

In a press statement on Thursday after an emergency closed-door meeting, the U.N. Security Council again called for Hodeida and the port of Saleef to be kept open and reiterated support for a political solution to the three-year conflict.

Alyemany said coalition forces are not targeting the port as part of their offensive.

The city and its port have been under Huthi control since 2014, when the Iran-backed insurgents drove the government out of the capital Sanaa and much of the country, forcing President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi to flee into exile.

But a Huthi attack some 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of the city provided a diversion, cutting loyalist forces off from the government-held ports of Khokha and Mokha, sparking fresh clashes along the coastline.

Hodeida, home to almost 600,000 people, is some 150 kilometers (90 miles) southwest of Sanaa, Yemen's capital, which is under Houthi control.

The United Nations has called for a halt to the fighting, saying the lives of 250,000 residents of Hodeidah are at risk.

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

The Security Council discussed the Yemen situation in closed session on Thursday.

The bulk of Yemen's food and aid enters through Hodeidah, raising fears that the military operation to retake the port could worsen the humanitarian crisis in the country, where more than 8 million people are facing starvation.

"We believe the coalition operations can create the right dynamic under the Yemeni government leadership to advance the work of the U.N. Special envoy Martin Griffiths in support of his peace plan", UAE U.N. Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh told reporters.

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Guterres reported that on May 21, the Hamas leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, said in a television interview that Iran provided the Al-Qassam Brigades and other armed groups in the territory with "money, (military) equipment and expertise".

The United Arab Emirates, a driving force in the coalition, said four of its troops were killed on the first day of the offensive.

Gregory Johnsen, a resident fellow at the Arabia Foundation in Washington and a former member of a Yemen panel of experts at the U.N. Security Council, suggests that the Trump administration sees eye-to-eye with Riyadh and Abu Dhabi about the need to confront Iran in the Arabian peninsula.

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.

"They did not encourage us, but did not discourage us", the official said. Global aid groups have long warned against an offensive on Hodeida because the port serves as the entry point for 70 percent of Yemen's imports, as the country teeters on the brink of starvation.

The ambassador's comments contradict the conclusions of a United Nations panel of experts that said it was unlikely the Houthis were using the port for smuggling arms.

"Hodeidah is the real lever for the survival and steadfastness of insurgents, not only through its port, but also through accessing a number of sea points along the western coast of Yemen, " he said.

Houthi supporters hold up rifles as they rally to protest the killing of Saleh al-Samad, a senior Houthi official, by a Saudi-led coalition air strike in Hodeidah, Yemen April 25, 2018. The US has been supplying crucial information to the Saudi-led coalition, as well as refueling their warplanes.

The conflict escalated in 2015 when Saudi Arabia and its allies - who accuse the Houthis of serving as an Iranian proxy force - launched a massive air campaign in Yemen aimed at rolling back Houthi gains.

Ninety six militia elements were killed in airstrikes conducted by the Coalition and during confrontations with the resistance fighters amid major collapses in the militia's defences in the Hodeidah front, which saw the rebels sustaining heavy losses in personnel and equipment as a result of surprise and devastating attacks.

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