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UN Rejects Plan To Demand Immediate Ceasefire In Yemen Port

Above: Firefighters try to extinguish a fire engulfing warehouse of the World Food Programme in Hodeida, Yemen. (Reuters).

UN impasse means Saudi-UAE coalition can continue direct attack on Hodeidah port

Yemeni pro-government forces have closed in on a rebel-held airport as they pressed ahead with a sweeping offensive on the key Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, despite warnings from aid agencies that the attack could jeopardize vital aid supplies to a country on the brink of famine.

The swift advance was an important early success for the Saudi-led coalition, which launched the operation in Hodeidah three days ago and says it can seize the city quickly enough to avoid interrupting flows of aid to millions facing starvation.

Coalition warplanes bombed Houthi rebel positions on Friday, while rebels said in an official statement that they fired a ballistic missile on fighters’ gathering, but gave no report of causalities.

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