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Yemen: Assault begins on key port

Fecha de la noticias: 13/06/2018 • Publicada: 13/06/2018 

Background

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.

Assessment and Analysis

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 Red Sea.

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 fighting.

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 (HRA).

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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