The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that 6,200 Yemenis have been displaced from Hodeidah province since Friday, 13 November 2021.
According to field reports, on 12 November, forces aligned with the Government of Yemen (GoY) vacated their positions around Hodeidah City, including the Red Sea Mills, Kilo 16 area, the Thabet Brothers Industrial Complex and Hodeidah International Airport.
GoY forces also withdrew from Ad Durayhimi and Bayt Al Faqih districts, and most of the areas under their control in At Tuhayta District, reportedly redeploying to Al Khukhah City, some 90 kilometers south of Hodeidah City.
Field reports indicate that Ansarullah forces took control of the vacated areas up to and including most of At Tuhayta District. The situation remains extremely volatile, with reports of ongoing intense clashes between GoY and Ansarullah forces along the new areas of control lines.
The developments forced some 700 families (approximately 4,900 people) to flee to Al Khukhah City, while 184 other families (about 1,300 people) were displaced further south to Al Makha District.
Aid partners on the ground report that a new IDP site, comprising 300 tents, has been established to receive the newly displaced families in Al Khukhah District.
The Executive Unit for IDPs is reportedly looking to establish another IDP site to provide shelter to the increasing number of IDPs in the district.
The development was a setback to the UN-brokered cease-fire in 2018 that ended fighting over Hodeida.
The deal was seen as an important first step toward ending the broader conflict in Yemen, devastated by years of civil war, but was never fully implemented.