Fears Mount For A Battered Yemen As Assault On Port City Gathers Steam

A column of Yemeni pro-government forces, travels Wednesday about five miles south of Hodeidah international airport. Backed by the Saudi-led coalition, the fighters launched an offensive to retake the rebel-held Red Sea port city.

So far, the fighting has stayed in Hodeidah’s outskirts. But the relative calm isn’t likely to last — and aid groups are desperately calling for its port to stay open for a country already in crisis.

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