Yemen crisis

This item appears on page 19 of the December 2018 issue.

An air strike on a vegetable market in Hodeidah Province, Yemen, killed at least 21 civilians and injured nine others on Oct. 24. The attack came from a Saudi-led coalition of Arabic nations that has been engaged in war with Houthi rebels in the country since 2015.

It is not known who was being targeted in the strike, but Houthis control the nearby port town of Bayt al-Faqih, which has been the scene of ground fighting between Yemeni government forces and Houthi since September.

The UN estimates that at least 6,660 civilians have been killed, more than 10,000 have been injured and more than two million people have been displaced by violence in Yemen since the beginning of the war. In addition, more than one million people have been infected in a cholera outbreak in the country. The UN also warns that more than 14 million people are facing famine conditions, due to a naval blockade being enforced by the coalition of Arab nations.