Dozens of people have reportedly been killed around Al-Hudaydah in Saudi- and UAE-led coalition airstrikes as well as in clashes between coalition forces and Houthi rebels after UN-brokered peace negotiations faltered between the Yemeni government and Houthi leaders in Geneva on Saturday, September 8. Hospitals in Al-Hudaydah reported on September 9 that at least 73 Houthi rebels and 11 coalition-allied troops had been killed in the past day and that dozens of others had been wounded. Additional clashes, as well as further coalition airstrikes, are to be expected around Al-Hudaydah in the coming days and weeks.
Fighting between the Houthis and coalition forces in and around the port city of Al-Hudaydah resumed in late July after a brief ceasefire. Houthi fighters have held the city and its port since 2014. Negotiations for a peaceful resolution to the city's conflict, and the war more broadly, have failed. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), tens of thousands of households have been displaced from Al-Hudaydah in the fighting.
Yemen is engaged in a complex and deadly conflict, ongoing since Houthi rebels entered into a civil war with the Yemeni government, supported by a Saudi-led coalition, in 2015. The Saudi-led coalition has carried out thousands of airstrikes in Yemen since its intervention began. Hundreds of Yemeni civilians have been killed in the strikes, which have hit schools, hospitals, and markets, in addition to Houthi militant positions and personnel. In total, more than 10,000 Yemenis have died in the fighting and some 3 million have been displaced.
Due to poor security conditions, many Western governments advise their citizens against all travel to Yemen. Travel to the country should only be considered with proper security protocols in place. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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