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What in Yemen’s Hudaydah come under fire!

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The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says grain silos just outside Yemen’s port city of Hudaydah, a lifeline for millions of Yemenis, have come under gunfire.

Herve Verhoosel, the WFP’s senior spokesperson, said in a statement on Friday that gunfire had hit the Red Sea Mills silos, which contain some 51,000 metric tons of grain — enough to feed 3.7 million people for a month — on Thursday, just days after aid staff gained access to the site.

The UN agency is still assessing the damage from the attack, Verhoosel said, adding that the WFP was unaware who was behind it.

In March 2015, the US -backed –Saudi-led coalition started  a war against Yemen with the declared aim of crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement, who had taken over from the staunch Riyadh ally and fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while also seeking to secure the Saudi border with its southern neighbor. Three years and over 600,000 dead and injured Yemeni people and  prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country, the war has yielded little to that effect.

Despite the coalition claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

More than 2,200 others have died of cholera, and the crisis has triggered what the United Nations has described as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.

However, Saudi Arabia relies heavily on the US in its brutal war on Yemen. Washington has deployed a commando force on the Arab kingdom’s border with Yemen to help destroy arms belonging to Yemen’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement. Washington has also provided logistical support and aerial refueling.

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