Members of the Saudi tribe threatened to loot Indian business transactions in Hodeidah, but were discouraged by the arrival of British sailors in order to maintain order.  Riots broke out in Sana`a due to a lack of food.  The imam denied rumors that he had been killed while his son was escaping.  Both the king and the imam sought control of Asir.  The imam asked King Fuad of Egypt to intervene in the war.  The British scaffold « Penzance » evacuated the British and Indian inhabitants of Hodeidah and 300 foreigners to karaman Island for security purposes. On May 6, three Italian warships were sent to Hodeidah to protect Italian interests.