Ruwanthika Gunaratne

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Ruwanthika Gunaratne is a lawyer specializing in international law, international humanitarian law, and international human rights law. From 2016 to 2018 she served on the Yemen Panel of Experts for the UN Security Council, and prior to that, from 2014 to 2016, she served on the Sudan Panel of Experts for the UN Security Council.

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When Did the War in Yemen Begin?

Over the last several days Emirati, Saudi, and Yemeni troops launched an offensive aimed at recapturing the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah. The port city, which accounts for 70 percent of imports into the country, is also a key source of income for the Houthis, a militia group that receives smuggled Iranian missiles and which has controlled the city and the port since October 2014.