The Saudi Assault on Yemen

FILE- In this Sept. 9, 2016 file photo,, a boy who suffers from malnutrition lies on a bed at a hospital in the port city of Hodeidah, southwest of Sanaa, Yemen. Saudi Arabia said Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 that the coalition it is leading in Yemen will provide $1.5 billion in new humanitarian aid for international relief organizations working in the impoverished country. It comes as aid groups say coalition airstrikes are destroying critical infrastructure and that the coalition needs to do more to facilitate the delivery of fuel, food and medicine at Yemeni ports.
FILE- In this Sept. 9, 2016 file photo,, a boy who suffers from malnutrition lies on a bed at a hospital in the port city of Hodeidah, southwest of Sanaa, Yemen. Saudi Arabia said Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 that the coalition it is leading in Yemen will provide $1.5 billion in new humanitarian aid for international relief organizations working in the impoverished country. It comes as aid groups say coalition airstrikes are destroying critical infrastructure and that the coalition needs to do more to facilitate the delivery of fuel, food and medicine at Yemeni ports. AP Photo
FILE- In this Sept. 9, 2016 file photo,, a boy who suffers from malnutrition lies on a bed at a hospital in the port city of Hodeidah, southwest of Sanaa, Yemen. Saudi Arabia said Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 that the coalition it is leading in Yemen will provide $1.5 billion in new humanitarian aid for international relief organizations working in the impoverished country. It comes as aid groups say coalition airstrikes are destroying critical infrastructure and that the coalition needs to do more to facilitate the delivery of fuel, food and medicine at Yemeni ports.
FILE- In this Sept. 9, 2016 file photo,, a boy who suffers from malnutrition lies on a bed at a hospital in the port city of Hodeidah, southwest of Sanaa, Yemen. Saudi Arabia said Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 that the coalition it is leading in Yemen will provide $1.5 billion in new humanitarian aid for international relief organizations working in the impoverished country. It comes as aid groups say coalition airstrikes are destroying critical infrastructure and that the coalition needs to do more to facilitate the delivery of fuel, food and medicine at Yemeni ports. AP Photo

The Saudi Assault on Yemen

Within the escalating proxy war in Yemen between Saudi Arabia and Iran, there is conflicting news about the Saudi-led coalition’s current military assault on the port city of al-Hudaydah (Hodeidah). The United Nations calls Yemen the world's worst humanitarian crisis. Three-quarters of Yemen’s population require aid and protection: 16 million Yemenis lack access to safe drinking water and sanitation; 17 million are food insecure - at risk of starvation; and over 16 million lack access to adequate healthcare. Many human rights observers want more attention paid to the “catastrophic” humanitarian crisis caused by the conflict. We’ll get analysis from Yemen expert, Sheila Carapico. She’s political science professor at the University of Richmond.