Yemen - Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (12.11.18)

Q : Fighting in the town of Hudaydah has been intensifying since yesterday. Do you have any reaction?

A: France has been expressing its concern over the intensification of the fighting taking place around Hudaydah and now inside the city. It’s leading to fears of a new deterioration in the humanitarian situation, which is already critical, and the worsening number of civilian victims.

The port of Hudaydah is Yemen’s main port, through which 85% of food and medical aid and 70% of the country’s imports pass. It’s therefore vital to keep the port operational. France, together with its American and British allies, is calling for a ceasefire enabling negotiations to resume as soon as possible, because the crisis in Yemen can be resolved in a lasting way only through a political solution.

The Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for Yemen is continuing his mediation work to organize talks as soon as possible. Like its partners, France reiterates its support for his efforts.