Wednesday, May 10, 2017
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.
- 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.