The Yemen Trend - May 2018 Issue

Throughout May, anti-Houthi forces made rapid gains along the west coast, coming under 15km from the port city of Hodeidah. With military officials on the ground readying for an assault on the city, eyes are on UN Envoy Martin Griffiths, who is to present to the Security Council in June his plan to revive political negotiations. However, even without further disruption to the port, trade activity is already severely impeded: In May, imports remained well below the average before the port closures in November 2017, and in April had dropped to their lowest point since UNVIM was activated in 2016. The UN relief chief warned a further ten million people in Yemen risk becoming severely food insec

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