Islamic Relief UK is calling on all parties to the conflict in Yemen to exercise restraint and avoid military conflict in the port of Hodeida, Yemen.
Our team in Yemen are monitoring with concern the escalating military activity around the port. They are working with UN agencies and other NGOs to prepare for the worst case scenario of a full evacuation of the port.
Salem Jaffer Baobaid, Islamic Relief’s deputy country manager for Yemen said:
“The situation in Yemen is already devastating and catastrophic. An attack on the port of Hodeida would have dire, immediate humanitarian consequences. People are already literally dying of starvation. The port is the lifeline to much-needed supplies of food and other life-saving resources and any attack would jeopardise the ability of this country to feed itself. We should make no mistake, if the port is out of action, Yemeni citizens will die. Islamic Relief is doing what we can to deliver emergency food, nutrition for babies and clean water and sanitation, but what we really need is peace and greater humanitarian access.
“We are calling on all parties to the conflict to exercise restraint and work with the UN special envoy to prioritise a peaceful resolution. More than this, there must be no greater priority than protecting civilian life – both in terms of avoiding causalities and recognising the need to keep vital supply chains open.”
Alongside the parties to the conflict, the international community has a key role to play in averting military action. We have today joined with 11 other major organisations in writing to the British Foreign Secretary, calling for him to redouble the UK’s efforts to ensure that the port city of Hodeida is not attacked.