For years now, Saudi Arabia in coalition with the United Arab Emirates has thrown in billions of dollars into the civil war of Yemen to fight against Houthi rebels. Regrettably, 3 years of killing innocent civilians and inducing famine had passed, but the coalition was nowhere near achieving anything that would settle this war. It was only recently that Saudi finally gained some foothold in the southwestern province of Hodeidah.
Even though the victory seems trivial, but capturing Hodeidah means that the Houthi rebels, allegedly backed by Iran, will have no access to outside supplies. Therefore, the government, with the help of Saudi-led coalition, have succeeded in handicapping the rebels temporarily until full control is gained.
Meanwhile, the health conditions in Yemen have only deteriorated furthermore. The ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross), too, has issued warnings referring to more than thousands of Yemenis suffering from kidney failure. In fact, most of these affected people hang by a thread and are on the verge of dying unless immediate dialysis service is made available. The lack of facilities and supplies at the dialysis centers increasing due to unpaid staff is creating a life-threatening situation in Yemen.
However, currently it’s the Saudi-led coalition’s success in the southwest province of Hodeidah that has become a talk of the town and not the 85 people killed on both sides to achieve it. Airstrikes continued coming from forces backed by the Saudi coalition for two weeks until the town of Hays was captured after the 48-hour long combat with the rebels.
The blockade only helps in cutting off new supplies from Ibb to reach the rebels operating in the province of Hodeidah. Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean that there won’t be stacked away supplies in possession of the rebels or that the equally unbending Houthis have given up in the war.