Posted on June 14, 2018 by Ashleigh Cowie

Following recent escalations in assaults in Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have announced a 5-year aid plan for the port of Hodeidah and the surrounding areas.
On Wednesday the Saudi-led alliance of Arab states launched the biggest assault that the war in Yemen has seen. This was then counteracted by an assault by the Houthis' alliances
As part of the plan, the two coalition states aim to establish a shipping lane to Hodeidah from the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, and Jizan, a city in southern Saudi Arabia, officials told a news conference in Riyadh.

They will also distribute food, provide medical supplies, equipment and staff to hospitals, sustain electrical stations and provide economic support, they said.

“We have several ships stationed, and we have storage capacity very close to Hodeidah fully stocked up,” Reem al-Hashimy, the UAE minister of state for international cooperation, told Reuters in Riyadh.

“We have as well planes that are out of the UAE that are ready to be flown in once the situation allows for that,” she said.

Speaking on Saudi state-owned al-Ekhbariyah TV, coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki said two aid ships provided by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were waiting in waters near the port.

The UAE would use its military base in Eritrea for transporting aid.

Coalition states say they will try to keep the port running and can ease the crisis once they seize it by lifting import restrictions they have imposed.

But they accused the Houthis of planting mines that could prolong that effort:

“If the Houthis don’t damage the port by mining it, you have all the assurances that the coalition forces will not damage the port,” the UAE’s ambassador to the UK, Sulaiman al-Mazroui, told Abu Dhabi-linked newspaper The National.

“The information we have is that some of this infrastructure has been mined.”

Hashimy said the UAE was readying replacement cranes that could be provided if physical infrastructure in the port is damaged.

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