Moon of Alabama — June 6, 2018
Yemen is on the verge of another catastrophic event. The Saudi and United Arab Emirates plan to take the Red Sea port Hodeidah through which most of the food supplies to Yemen’s come in.
The port is already under blockade and all ships are strictly controlled. Saudi ‘inspections’ of ships already taking so long that some food rots before it can reach land. The UN is complaining that there is too little food is coming through:
Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, according to the United Nations, with some 8.4 million people severely short of food and at risk of starvation.
“I am particularly concerned about the recent decline of commercial food imports through the Red Sea ports,” Mark Lowcock, U.N. emergency relief coordinator, said in a statement read out to a Geneva briefing on Friday.
“If conditions do not improve, a further 10 million people will fall into this category by the end of the year,” he said.
Eighteen out of twenty-six million Yemenis may soon die of hunger. If that happens it will be a genocide.
The UN has warned that any fighting over the port will have extreme consequences. Eighteen million people will probably starve if the port is blocked or the roads from the port into the hinterland get destroyed due to fighting.
For three years the Saudi and UAE forces have tried to dislodge the Houthi movement from the Yemeni heartland and the capital Sanaa. The Saudis managed to take the flat desert areas in the east and the UAE took the southern coast but all their attempts to move into the mountainous western core of Yemen have failed. The Saudi and UAE forces on the ground are by now mostly local mercenaries from the south reinforced by a few tank and artillery troops from the UAE.
The cities and towns in the north where the Houthi originally lived were all destroyed by Saudi air attacks. They have nowhere to go and nothing left to lose. They will not give up.