Yemen: Back From The Field - Hakim Khaldi

26 February 2019

On 13 June 2018, an offensive was launched by SELC-backed forces loyal to President Hadi, to seize Hodeidah from Ansar Allah forces. Clashes occurred south of Hodeidah airport and fighting was reported along this frontline over the following three months. In August, MSF opened a surgical hospital in Mocha to treat war wounded from Hodeidah and Taiz frontlines, and pregnant women with complications requiring urgent surgery. In early October, MSF started working at Al Salakhanah hospital, northeast of Hodeidah. Teams rehabilitated the emergency room and operating theatres so as to be able to provide emergency medical and surgical care in case fighting reached new areas of the city. From 1 November, intensification of the fighting occurred on various frontlines across the country. In mid-December, warring parties agreed to a ceasefire deal brokered in Sweden. The Stockholm Agreement includes a prisoner swap, the creation of a demilitarized zone around Hodeidah and Ansar Allah troops’ withdrawal, and a committee to discuss the future of the city of Taiz.

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