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Riyadh will delay attack on Yemen's Hodeida port

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Significance

The Saudi-led coalition's much-publicised plan to launch a military attack against the main Red Sea port of Hodeida, currently controlled by Huthi militants and their allies, is undergoing a major rethink. There are concerns about insufficient ground troops, the triggering of famine and reputational damage.

Impacts

  • Given existing blockages and financial shortfalls, famine is a major risk.
  • There are growing fears of a cholera epidemic.
  • Yemen will be a key agenda item in US President Donald Trump's upcoming Riyadh visit.
  • Rising internal tensions in southern Yemen could complicate discussions.
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