Posted on June 13, 2018 by Ashleigh Cowie

Earlier today Arab military planes and ships launched an attack on Houthi fortifications in support of the ground effort by foreign and Yemini troops. Operation "Golden Victory' saw the Arab alliance take over much of the land south of the port of Hodeidah. 

This marks the first time that Arab states have tried to capture such a major city since they joined the war three years ago. They are at war with the Iran-aligned Houthis who have control of the capital Sanaa and surrounding areas.
ARX reported earlier this year that the humanitarian crisis in Yemen was worsening as the Houthis held vessels and aid ships were found to be carrying military weapons. 
Now the UN is concerned that this assault could drastically impact these conditions in the region's poorest country. The city and surrounding area are home to 600,000 people, and the port is the main route for food and aid to reach most Yemenis, 8.4 million of whom are on the verge of famine.
ARX Maritime have released a whitepaper about war and piracy in the Gulf of Aden. It's free to download here: www.arxmaritime.ocm/news

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