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US plans to boost military support in war in Yemen

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) –¬†Donald Trump’s administration examines a call from the United Arab Emirates for direct US support to seize Hudaydah port, the main port through which humanitarian aid is channeled to Yemen’s 29 million people, writes the Wall Street Journal.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for a quick review of the UAE’s request. Among other things, they are calling for surveillance drone flights to help the Saudi Arabian coalition take over the port of Hudaydah, which is currently used as a lifeline for the 29 million Yemenis suffering from food shortages.

Doubtful of the ability of Emirati forces to face Houthi fighters, US officials believe that this approach could have catastrophic effects.

The Emirati authorities have reassured the White House by announcing that the capture of the Red Sea port would not happen without the support of the US.

Debates on the expansion of military operations in Hudaydah and the strengthening of US support for the Saudi coalition come as international attention is focused on the US-North Korean summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un on June 12 in New York. Singapore, and is a priority for the Trump administration.

Launched in March 2015 by the Riyadh-led coalition, the war in Yemen has displaced more than 3 million Yemenis and killed more than 13,000 people.

In 2017, the UN declared that the country was experiencing “the worst humanitarian crisis since the second world war”.