UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – The battle by Yemeni government forces to wrest control of a major Houthi-controlled port in Hodeidah has killed more than 100 people on both sides in less than a week.
Yemeni forces, backed by the Saudi-led coalition, are seeking to cordon off the Red Sea port of Hodeidah, the main passage for medical supplies to the country, where 22 million people need assistance.
Forces loyal to the Yemeni government backed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates last week announced a campaign to enter the city of Hodeidah and take control of its port.
Hodeidah lies 230 km from the capital Sana’a, which was dominated by the Houthis in 2014, leading to Saudi military intervention in Yemen in the next world.
The military campaign, which continues until Sunday, aims to help the internationally recognized government of President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi regain control of the entire country.
The Saudi-led coalition accuses the Houthis of using Hodeidah as a launching pad for attacks on shipping ships in the Red Sea and also for smuggling rockets.
In the southern province of Aden, where Yemeni government forces are based, they received 52 bodies, including 20 soldiers, on Friday and Saturday, raising the toll of at least 110 deaths since Wednesday, medics said.
Medics suggested that the rest of the bodies would also be returned to soldiers.
At least 10,000 people have been killed since the start of a military campaign in Yemen in March 2015.