Exodus underway as fighting continues in west Yemen

HODEIDAH (Debriefer)
2018-07-08 | Since 6 Year

Exodus underway as fighting continues in west Yemen


  Tens of families are fleeing their homes in the districts of Zabid and Bayt Al-Fakih in Yemen's port city of Hodeidah as the pro-government forces with support from the Saudi-led coalition are poised to push towards the two districts from the Houthis.  

The pro-government forces have recaptured the adjacent Al-Tuhayta district. They said the districts of Zabid, Bayt Al-Fakih and Al-Mansouria are their next targets.

A local source said the families in these areas are running out of food and water and can't wait until battles begin. "Most of them eat one or two small meals a day," the source added.  

The two districts lie 60km and 90km south of Hodeidah.

Meanwhile, the families that fled their homes in Al-Tuhayta have not returned even after the pro-government forces and the coalition seized the district, according to the source.

"Conditions of the people who preferred to stay or could not flee are bad. Aid delivered to them is not enough," the source told Debriefer.   

The UN said around 121.000 people have fled Hodeidah since June 1st.

Last month, the government and the coalition launched an offensive to recapture Hodeidah, which has been under Houthi control since 2014.

They are accusing the Houthis of using Hodeidah seaport for smuggling Iranian weapons including ballistic missiles.

The coalition has been fighting the Houthis to restore the internationally recognized government since March 2015.  

More than 11.000 civilians have been killed in the conflict, mostly by coalition airstrikes.

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