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  August 30th, 2015 | Written by

Yemeni Port City of Hodeida Bombed By Saudi Arabia

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  • U.S. spokesperson: Red Sea port of Hodeida is lifeline for humanitarian relief.
  • EU VP: “The EU calls on all parties to refrain from deliberately targeting civilian infrastructure.”
  • EU: The shelling of Hodeida port facilities has impeded the import of food, fuel, and medicines.

Last week, Saudi warplanes bombed Yemen’s port of Hodeida, killing several dock workers and destroying the port’s infrastructure.

The White House expressed “deep concerns” over the Saudi action. “”We are deeply concerned by the attack on critical infrastructure at the port of Hodeida in Yemen,” said National Security Council spokesperson Alistair Baskey. “The port is a crucial lifeline used to provide medicine, food and fuel to Yemen’s population.”

Saudi Arabia launched its military action against Yemen on March 26 in an effort to restore to power the country’s fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, an ally of the Saudis.

“The EU calls on all parties to the conflict to refrain from deliberately targeting civilian infrastructure,” said EU vice president Federica Mogherini. “The EU urges all parties to rapidly engage in a process to put an end to the conflict.”

Access to humanitarian aid and essential supplies, including fuel, food, and basic commodities to the Yemeni people remains extremely difficult, noted Mogherini. “The recent airstrikes and shelling of Hodeida port facilities have created an additional and immediate obstacle to the import of food, fuel, medicines and other critical goods to alleviate some of the most pressing needs of the population,” she added. “At this very moment, a predictable and sustainable humanitarian pause is essential to prevent the further deepening of this humanitarian catastrophe.”

In early August the European Commission increased its humanitarian aid by $14 million for people affected by the crisis in Yemen, bringing the total contribution in 2015 to $43 million.