On Friday, the government declared that at least eight people were killed in an industrial compound shell in Yemen’s strategic port of Hodeida, accusing the Iran-backed Houthi revolts.
In fact, in and around the western city port, there was an increase in combat where a weak UN-brokered truce has largely avoided big battles between the government, supported by a Saudi-led military coalition, and the Houthi rebels.
According to the official Saba news agency, Yemeni Information Minister, Moammar Al-Eryani, denounced the Houthis’ ugly terrorist attack on the Thabit Brothers industrial compound on Thursday. He stated that eight employees were killed and 13 others were wounded, while medical sources informed AFP that there were at least 10 deaths.
The United Nations Mission to support the Hodeida Agreement (UNMHA) also denounced the assault. It said on Thursday: The killing of civilians must stop, calling all parties to maintain the ceasefire.
It also said: In addition to being a working factory servicing the population and providing employment, the site of the industrial complex is being considered as one of the possible locations of an UNMHA office.
On its part, the United Nations declared that 74 civilians were killed or injured in Hodeida province in October with the increasing of conflicts. Besides, in late November and among eight civilians, five children were killed in rebel shooting of the government-control district of Al-Durayhimi on the Red Sea coast.
It should be noted that Yemen that since 2014 has suffered a war between Iran-backed Houthi rebels and a beleaguered government backed by the Saudi-led military coalition, living the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians, have been killed and millions displaced and they are suffering of famine.
On Thursday, the UN reported that malnutrition has currently reached record levels, limiting the opportunity to avoid a famine as the coronavirus and funding deficits threaten a whole humanitarian storm.
The United Nations World Food Programme alerted that the number of people facing the second-highest food insecurity level in Yemen is estimated to increase from 3.6 million people to 5 million in the first half of 2021.