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World Saudi-led coalition launches attack on Yemen port despite US warnings

23:10  13 june  2018
23:10  13 june  2018 Source:   thehill.com

Saudi Arabia says new Yemen missile intercepted

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The Saudi - led coalition fighting in Yemen closed off the land, sea and air ports to the Arab world's poorest country early Monday after a rebel-fired ballistic missile targeted Riyadh, blaming the launch on Iran and warning it could be “considered as an act of war.”.

Impoverished Yemen has been rocked by months of fighting between Houthi rebels and troops loyal to exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, supported by the Saudi - led Arab coalition . The strategically important base housed US troops involved in a long-running drone war against Al-Qaeda

a person standing in front of a mountain© Provided by The Hill A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched an offensive Wednesday on a key port in Yemen held by rebels, despite international warnings such an assault could be catastrophic.

In the United States, which has supported the coalition, lawmakers in both parties issued stern warnings ahead of the offensive on Hodeida.

A bipartisan quartet of senators, including Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn) and ranking member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), sent a letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the eve of the offensive expressing "grave alarm."

The Latest: Saudi TV channels say assault on Hodeida begun

  The Latest: Saudi TV channels say assault on Hodeida begun The Latest on the war in Yemen (all times local):5:45 a.m.Saudi-owned satellite news channels have announced the start of the Saudi-led coalition's assault on Hodeida.Citing sources within the military, Dubai-based Al Arabiya said the battle began early Wednesday morning.Al Arabiya is believed to be at least partially owned by Saudi Arabia's government.There was no immediate word from state media in either Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates, which lead a coalition backing Yemen's exiled government.___5:30 a.m.

The Saudi - led coalition fighting in Yemen closed off the land, sea and air ports to the Arab world's poorest country early Monday after a rebel-fired ballistic missile targeted Riyadh, blaming the launch on Iran and warning it could be "considered as an act of war.".

If the rebels unilaterally attack approaching Yemeni forces, “ we might very well ask Hadi and the Emiratis to intervene.” Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi is the internationally recognized president of Yemen . A Saudi - led coalition , including the UAE and other Persian Gulf states

"We are concerned that pending military operations by the United Arab Emirates and its Yemeni partners will exacerbate the humanitarian crisis by interrupting delivery of humanitarian aid and damaging critical infrastructure," the senators wrote. "We are also deeply concerned that these operations jeopardize prospects for a near-term political resolution to the conflict."

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers also sent a letter they had been circulating earlier in the week that asked Mattis to "use all available means to avert a catastrophic military assault." The letter garnered 34 signatures, according to the copy publicly released Wednesday.

The Trump administration tried to dissuade the coalition from launching the offensive, with Pompeo saying in a statement Monday that he "made clear our desire to address their security concerns while preserving the free flow of humanitarian aid and life-saving commercial imports."

Fighting resumes around key Yemeni port city Hodeida

  Fighting resumes around key Yemeni port city Hodeida Fighting around the Yemen port city of Hodeida has resumed as a Saudi-led coalition tries to retake it from Shiite rebels known as Houthis. Witnesses described heavy fighting to the city's south, near its airport.The Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen's exiled government launched an assault on the port city of Hodeida (hoh-DY'-duh) on Wednesday. The Red Sea port is the main entry for food into a country already on the brink of famine.The biggest offensive of the years-long war in the Arab world's poorest nation has raised warnings from aid agencies that Yemen's humanitarian disaster could deepen.

The UN is making diplomatic efforts to halt a Saudi - led coalition attack on Yemen 's Hodeida port , saying 250,000 people are at risk.

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The Saudi - led coalition fighting in Yemen closed off the land, sea and air ports to the Arab world’s poorest country early Monday after a rebel-fired ballistic missile targeted Riyadh, blaming the launch on Iran and warning it could be “considered as an act of war.”

Having failed to stop the UAE from acting, the U.S. military has helped Gulf allies develop a list of targets that should be off-limits, according to several reports citing unnamed U.S. officials.

Hodeida is controlled by Houthi rebels who are fighting the Saudi-led coalition, and the coalition believes the port has been key to the rebels smuggling in arms.

But humanitarian groups and experts have warned that an offensive on Hodeida, through which 80 percent of Yemen's aid comes, could devastate the already war-ravaged country. The United Nations said Friday the worst-case scenario is 250,000 civilians killed in the assault.

Yemen's exiled government said in a statement that it "has exhausted all peaceful and political means to remove the Houthi militia from the port of Hodeida," according to The Associated Press. "Liberation of the port of Hodeida is a milestone in our struggle to regain Yemen from the militias."

Yemen rebels vow to fight on after Hudaida airport defeat .
Yemen's Houthi rebels have vowed to fight on after pro-government forces seized Hudaida airport from them on Wednesday, in a major step towards retaking the port city following a week-long battle. Rebel leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi called for reinforcements to repel the advance of the Saudi and UAE-backed government forces, after ongoing fighting left nearly 350 people dead."We will face all of the incursions on the ground. Our determination will never be dented," he said via the rebels' Al-Masirah news outlet.

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