Moscow has warned against a planned military attack by Saudi Arabia against the Yemeni port city of Hudaydah, stressing that the offensive would deteriorate the humanitarian situation in Yemen.
“Plans to storm Yemen’s biggest port of Hudaydah give rise to serious concerns,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Monday in a statement published on the ministry’s official website.
Zakharova noted that attacks in the area “would not only inevitably lead to a mass exodus of the [local] population but would also de facto cut the [Yemeni] capital of Sana’a from… food and humanitarian aid supplies.”
She further said that the humanitarian situation in Yemen is catastrophic, and condemned a March 10 Saudi-led airstrike on a marketplace in the al-Khawkhah district of Hudaydah.
According to AFP, twenty six people, including 20 civilians and six Houthi fighters, were killed in the attack.
According to the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick, the Saudi military aggression against Yemen has claimed the lives of more than 10,000 Yemenis and left 40,000 others wounded.
Meanwhile, local Yemeni sources have put the death toll from the Saudi military attacks at over 12,000, including many women and children.