The UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick, told reporters in the Jordanian capital city of Amman on Thursday that Hudaydah, located 150 kilometers southwest of the capital Sana'a, was a vital lifeline for millions of Yemenis, who were facing starvation.
“This port is the most essential, the most crucial part of our ability to feed people and get medical services into Yemen. The Hudaydah port is the only port that we can use to serve the bulk of the population in need,” the senior UN official said.
McGoldrick further expressed hope that participants at a forthcoming high-level pledging event in the Swiss city of Geneva next week would honor their promises and pay their share for the $2.1 billion that the UN needed to prevent an impending humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen.
Fresh Saudi strikes leave eight Yemenis dead
Meanwhile, at least eight people have been killed and several others injured when Saudi warplanes carried out two separate airstrikes against residential areas in Yemen’s northern province of Jawf and the southwestern province of Ta'izz.
Local sources said Saudi jets had fired a number of missiles at buildings in the al- Matun district of Jawf Province, killing five civilians. There were women and children among the victims, Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network reported.
Three people also lost their lives and 19 others were wounded as Saudi military aircraft bombed al-Barh Bridge in Maqbanah district of Ta’izz Province. The death toll is expected to rise as some of the victims are in critical conditions.
Saudi Arabia has been incessantly pounding Yemen since March 2015 in an attempt to bring back resigned president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who is a staunch ally of Saudi Arabia, to power and to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement.
The Riyadh regime has, however, failed to reach its goals despite going to great expense.
The military aggression has claimed the lives of more than 12,000 people, most of them civilians.