United States: Press for Cease-Fire in Attack on Yemen’s Port City of Hodeidah
In response to a Saudi Arabian-led coalition attack on Yemen’s western port city of Hodeidah on June 13, 2018, Freedom House issued the following statement:
“The United States should immediately condemn today’s attack on Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah and insist on an immediate cease-fire, if a humanitarian disaster is to be avoided,” said Dokhi Fassihian, senior program manager for Middle East and North Africa. “The United States should urge Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and both the rebels and the government of Yemen to negotiate a lasting political settlement under the auspices of United Nations special envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths. As one of the main suppliers of material and services for Saudi forces in Yemen, the United States has a responsibility to prevent the casualties and deprivation that this senseless attack will bring.”
About 70 percent of Yemen’s food supply enters through Hodeidah, as does a majority of the country’s humanitarian aid and fuel supply. Experts predict that the attack on Hodeidah, which will be the largest attack in Yemen’s three-year conflict, will immediately threaten the lives of 250,000 citizens and place millions more at risk of starvation.
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