Noticias de interés
Yemen: Assault begins on key port
Fecha de la noticias: 13/06/2018 • Publicada: 13/06/2018
The Saudi-led coalition intervening in Yemen’s civil war has opened an
assault on the rebel-held port city of Hodeidah.
A source for the Houthi rebels on Wednesday (June 13) said their forces had
attacked a barge being used by the coalition. It claimed the vessel had been
hit by two missiles.There was no confirmation of the attack from the coalition.
Hodeidah has been in the hands of Houthi forces since the start of Yemen’s
civil war in 2015.
The port lies on Yemen’s west coast near the southern end of the Red Sea,
close to a trade route for oil tankers heading from the Middle East to Europe.
Houthi sources said in January 2018 that if coalition forces kept pushing
towards Hodeidah they would consider blocking international navigation in the
They gave no details on how they would carry out such a move.
Hodeidah remains a key entry point for humanitarian aid. It is likely that
any fighting in the port area will disrupt port operations.
Port workers told Reuters on Wednesday that five ships were docked at
Hodeidah unloading goods, but no new entry permits would be issued due to the
Coalition forces have been quoted as saying they will try to keep the port
running and that they will lift the import restrictions they have imposed once
it is in their control.
A vessel that had been delivering food aid was attacked by gunman at an
anchorage off Hodeidah on June 3. It is unclear who carried out the attack.
Waters off Yemen’s Red Sea and Gulf of Aden are considered a High Risk Area
The situation is fluid and threats to shipping can change rapidly and ship
operators should carry out detailed risk assessments for each voyage into the
area using the latest threat information. Useful sources include MSC-HOA, NATO
Shipping Centre, UKMTO, MARLO and IMB.
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