Jeddah’s first container ship docks at Hudaydah port in Yemen – Middle East Monitor
Saudi Arabia’s first container ship has docked in the port city of Hudaydah in western Yemen, the Houthi Group announced today.
“The first container-laden vessel sailed directly from Jeddah to Hudaydah since the siege and bombardment of the port by the aggressors began. [Saudi-led coalition]Supreme Revolutionary Committee of the Houthis chairman Muhammad Ali Al-Houthi said on Twitter.
“The continued flow of goods through the port of Hudaydah is a correct step towards building confidence to move towards comprehensive peace,” Al-Houthi said.
He added that the Saudis can no longer “find any justification for preventing ships coming from its ports or forcing them to transit to Djibouti as in the past”.
The city of Hudaydah is owned by the Houthis.
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Neither Saudi authorities nor the internationally backed Yemeni government have commented on the Houthis’ announcement.
Yemen has been in the throes of violence and chaos since 2014, when the Iranian-aligned Houthis invaded much of the country, including the capital Sana’a. The crisis escalated in 2015 when the Saudi-led coalition launched a devastating air campaign aimed at rolling back the Houthi territorial gains.
According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the conflict in Yemen has so far claimed the lives of 233,000 people.
The Houthis accuse the Saudi-led Arab coalition of imposing a siege on the port of Hudaydah and preventing the flow of goods and petroleum products. The coalition denies the charges.