Apart from the battle to recapture Hodeidah from Houthi militias, the Arab coalition said they have also launched a humanitarian aspect to help the people of the port city and ensure access to much needed aid.
A statement from the coalition said the humanitarian focus of the ongoing operation to liberate the city is being done in order to secure the arrival of humanitarian aid without any obstacles to the ports to reach the Yemeni civilians.
The operation also aims to secure the international naval passages in the frame work of the goals set by Operation “Restoring Hope” in line with the reasons that called for the military intervention by the coalition in Yemen, represented by the request of the Yemeni legitimate government and the United Nations resolutions for the year 2015, in particular Resolution 2216.
Speaking from the Saudi capital Riyadh during a press briefing alongside a representative from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre, the UAE’s Minister of State for International Cooperation Reem bint Ibrahim al-Hashemy said on Wednesday that the Arab Coalition has prepared a large-scale and comprehensive surge plan for the rapid delivery of humanitarian aid to the Hodeidah and surrounding areas.
“On top of the $14 bln that the Coalition has already given for aid in Yemen - we continue to work with aid agencies on the ground to ensure that once the port is liberated we will quickly increase the capacity of the port and the amount of aid flowing through it,” Hashemy pledged.
Saudi Royal Court Advisor and Supervisor General of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah will meet with Hashemy in Riyadh where they will discuss a number of humanitarian and relief issues in addition to the various joint projects implemented by KSrelief and the UAE Red Crescent in various governorates of Yemen.