According to Reuters, a long-anticipated assault on Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah by the Saudi-led coalition could cost up to 250,000 lives, a senior United Nations humanitarian official said on Friday.
A coalition spokesman said on Tuesday that allied forces were 20 km (12 miles) from Houthi-held Hodeidah, but he did not specify whether there were plans for an assault to seize the port, the chief entry point for food and supplies needed to ease a famine and cholera epidemic.
Humanitarian agencies working in Yemen are deeply worried about by the likely impact of an assault. As many as 600,000 civilians currently live in and around Hodeidah, which lies on Yemen’s Red Sea coast, the United Nations said.
“A military attack or siege on Hodeidah will impact hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians,” the U.N. humanitarian coordinator in the country, Lise Grande, said in a statement.
“In a prolonged worst case, we fear that as many as 250,000 people may lose everything — even their lives.” Coalition officials could not immediately be reached for further comment.
The so-called ‘Saudi-led coalition’ is actually being fully led and directed by the US. After the US’s military catastrophes in Afghanistan and Iraq, it is apparent that America has decided to never again directly engage its own troops in Muslim lands but instead work through the armies of Muslim regimes. The war in Yemen is a war for US objectives in order that the US can impose a government of its own choosing in Sana. And agent regimes, such as that of the Saudi ‘royal’ family, are fully willing to comply with US wishes. Muslims will not have peace and justice until we throw out the entire class of agent rulers and political agents that are the custodians of the colonial systems that have been implanted in our lands.