War-torn port of Aden reopens in Yemen

War-torn port of Aden reopens in Yemen

The port of Aden has reopened to allow shipment of food and military aid into Yemen.

The port closed in April after it was captured by Houthi militants and forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Yemen’s Gulf Arab-backed government last week recaptured the city of Aden.

The port has been has been “severely damaged” by the conflict and major maintenance will need to be performed before it will be able to receive vessels again. Specialist teams have already begun the work, according to reports from the Anadolu news agency.

At the end of June, Houthis shelled al-Zait port in Aden, causing a huge fire to break out amongst the fuel tanks, which resulted in the loss of 143m litres of oil, reports say.

An official from the World Food Program told press the relief ship Han Zhi has docked in the Port of Brega in Aden, carrying 3,000 tonnes of food, which will feed up to 180,000 people for a month.

 

Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.

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