Yemen’s civil war has been raging for 3 years.
In December 2017, Hadi government troops (supported by Saudi coalition and United Arab Emirates) launched a new offensive along the Western coast of Yemen. The offensive is aimed at further isolating Houthis from their external support, Iran, and from their main source of supply and export, Al Hudaydah harbour.
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Despite several counter attacks by the Houthis and slow progress along the coast, pro-Hadi troops started their assault on Al Hudaydah’s southern entrance (on June 13, 2018).
The port city of Al Hudaydah has played a crucial role in delivering imported food into the country, as it is believed that three-quarters of humanitarian and commercial cargo entering Yemen arrives via the port.
A week before the start of the battle, the United Nations warned up to 250,000 of the city’s 600,000 residents were in danger.