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Saudi Airstrikes in Yemen Hit Facilities Providing Water to Hundreds of Thousands Facing Cholera Epidemic

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The UN said Hodeida is ‘one airstrike away from an unstoppable’ cholera epidemic. The port city through which most food and supplies enter Yemen is under attack by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels.

30 July 2018

DEUTSCHE WELLE — Airstrikes carried out in recent days by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen struck facilities providing most of the water to the crucial port city of Hodeida, the UN said Sunday.

Backed by Saudi airpower, in recent weeks Emirati forces, government troops and irregular militia have been battling Houthi rebels in control of the Red Sea port city, home to 600,000 people.

The port is the main entry point for food, fuel and humanitarian supplies in Yemen, where 22 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and more than 8 million face starvation.

Since earlier this year, Hodeida has been under a near total coalition blockade over what it says is the port’s use as a gateway for Iranian weaponry to the Houthis.  Iran and the Houthis deny this.

The UN and aid agencies have warned that a coalition assault on the city could exacerbate what is already “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.” […]

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