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Offbeat Fighting resumes around key Yemeni port city Hodeida

11:05  14 june  2018
11:05  14 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

Anti-rebel forces prepare for Yemen port attack despite UN alarm

  Anti-rebel forces prepare for Yemen port attack despite UN alarm Pro-government forces fighting Yemen's Huthi rebels are sending reinforcements towards the port of Hodeida, military sources said Tuesday, amid UN warnings against a high-stakes battle for the key aid gateway. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said his envoy Martin Griffiths has been locked in "intense negotiations" with the Iran-backed Huthis, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to find a "way to avoid the military confrontation in Hodeida.

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni officials say the United Nations has pulled its international staff out of Hodeida on the Red Sea amid a widely expected assault by government forces to seize the strategic port city .The officials said Tuesday the U.N.

CAIRO — An international aid group is warning that escalation of fighting around Yemen 's port city of Hodeida threatens to cut off essential supplies to millions of people in the war-ravaged country.

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, file photo, a Yemeni soldier allied to the country's internationally recognized government unslings his machine gun on the outskirts of Sanaa, Yemen. Yemen's yearslong war between Shiite rebels and a Saudi-led coalition backing its exiled government has escalated with an assault on the insurgent-held port city of Hodeida. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, file photo, a Yemeni soldier allied to the country's internationally recognized government unslings his machine gun on the outskirts of Sanaa, Yemen. Yemen's yearslong war between Shiite rebels and a Saudi-led coalition backing its exiled government has escalated with an assault on the insurgent-held port city of Hodeida. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Fighting resumed Thursday around the Yemen port city of Hodeida as a Saudi-led coalition tries to retake it from Shiite rebels known as Houthis. Witnesses described heavy fighting to the city's south, near its airport.

The Latest: Saudi TV channels say assault on Hodeida begun

  The Latest: Saudi TV channels say assault on Hodeida begun The Latest on the war in Yemen (all times local):5:45 a.m.Saudi-owned satellite news channels have announced the start of the Saudi-led coalition's assault on Hodeida.Citing sources within the military, Dubai-based Al Arabiya said the battle began early Wednesday morning.Al Arabiya is believed to be at least partially owned by Saudi Arabia's government.There was no immediate word from state media in either Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates, which lead a coalition backing Yemen's exiled government.___5:30 a.m.

Khokha ( yemen ) (afp) -. Yemeni forces backed by Saudi Arabia and the UAE massed around the key port city of Hodeida Wednesday in a bid to seize it from Iran-backed Huthi rebels, Emirati state media reported.

U.S. Deepens Role in Yemen Fight , Offers Gulf Allies Airstrike-Target Assistance. Jun 12, 2018 Jun 12, 2018 By Fox News No. 10 Yemen officials: UN pulls staff from key port city Hodeida .

The Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen's exiled government launched an assault on the port city of Hodeida (hoh-DY'-duh) on Wednesday. The Red Sea port is the main entry for food into a country already on the brink of famine.

The biggest offensive of the years-long war in the Arab world's poorest nation has raised warnings from aid agencies that Yemen's humanitarian disaster could deepen.

The attack is aimed at driving out Iranian-aligned Shiite rebels known as Houthis, who have held Hodeida since 2015, and break the civil war's long stalemate. But it could set off a prolonged street-by-street battle that inflicts heavy casualties.

The fear is that a protracted fight could force a shutdown of Hodeida's port at a time when a halt in aid risks tipping millions into starvation. Some 70 percent of Yemen's food enters via the port, as well as the bulk of humanitarian aid and fuel supplies. Around two-thirds of the country's population of 27 million relies on aid and 8.4 million are already at risk of starving.

Saudi-led coalition launches attack on Yemen port despite US warnings

  Saudi-led coalition launches attack on Yemen port despite US warnings A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched an offensive Wednesday on a key port in Yemen held by rebels, despite international warnings such an assault could be catastrophic. In the United States, which has supported the coalition, lawmakers in both parties issued stern warnings ahead of the offensive on Hodeida.

“Liberation of the port of Hodeida is a milestone in our struggle to regain Yemen from the militias.” Already, Yemeni security officials said some were fleeing the fighting . “We have had more than 30 airstrikes within 30 minutes this morning around the city .

Yemen officials: UN pulls staff from key port city Hodeida . INGOs in Yemen today warned that any further escalation of violence around the port city Hodeidah could have catastrophic consequences.

Early on Wednesday, convoys of vehicles headed toward the rebel-held city as heavy gunfire rang out. The assault, part of an operation dubbed "Golden Victory," began with coalition airstrikes and shelling by naval ships, according to Saudi-owned satellite news channels and state media.

Bombardment was heavy, with one aid official reporting 30 strikes in 30 minutes.

The initial battle plan appeared to involve a pincer movement. Some 2,000 troops who crossed the Red Sea from an Emirati naval base in the African nation of Eritrea were awaiting orders to move in from the west after Yemeni government forces seize Hodeida's port, Yemeni security officials said.

Emirati forces with Yemeni government troops moved in from the south near Hodeida's airport, while others sought to cut off Houthi supply lines to the east, the officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren't authorized to brief journalists.

Yemen rebel attack kills 12 soldiers south of Hodeida

  Yemen rebel attack kills 12 soldiers south of Hodeida A Yemeni rebel attack killed 12 soldiers south of the battleground Red Sea port city of Hodeida on Friday, military and medical sources said. The rebels launched the attack on the coast road from the government-held ports of Khokha and Mokha along which Saudi-backed troops advanced on Hodeida earlier this week, the military source said.They struck some 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of Hodeida, in a diversion from the frontline fighting around the city's disused airport.

Pro-government forces fighting Yemen 's Huthi rebels are sending reinforcements towards the port of Hodeida , military sources said Tuesday, amid U.N Around 200 Huthis and 30 anti-rebel fighters have been killed south of the port city in recent days, according to military and medical sources.

A Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen 's exiled government began an assault Wednesday morning on Yemen 's port city of Hodeida , a crucial Already, Yemeni security officials said some were fleeing the fighting . "We have had more than 30 airstrikes within 30 minutes this morning around the city .

Yemen's exiled government "has exhausted all peaceful and political means to remove the Houthi militia from the port of Hodeida," it said in a statement. "Liberation of the port of Hodeida is a milestone in our struggle to regain Yemen from the militias."

Four Emirati soldiers were killed in Wednesday's assault, the United Arab Emirates' state-run news agency said, but gave no details of how they died.

The Houthi-run Al Masirah satellite news channel claimed rebel forces hit a Saudi coalition ship near Hodeida with two missiles. The Saudi-led coalition did not immediately acknowledge the incident.

Forces loyal to Yemen's exiled government and fighters led by Emirati troops had neared Hodeida in recent days. The port is some 150 kilometers (90 miles) southwest of Sanaa, Yemen's capital, which has been in Houthi hands since September 2014. The Saudi-led coalition entered the war in March 2015.

The United Nations and other aid groups already had pulled their international staff from Hodeida ahead of the assault. The U.N. Security Council was scheduled to meet Thursday to discuss the offensive.

Fierce fighting intensifies outside Yemen's Hodeida airport

  Fierce fighting intensifies outside Yemen's Hodeida airport A Saudi-led coalition and Yemeni fighters backing the country's exiled government are on the verge of seizing control of the airport of the vital rebel-held port city of Hodeida as fighting intensifies, with pro-government forces within yards of the airport gates.The death toll climbed to at least 280 on the third day of the campaign aimed at driving out the Iranian-backed Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, from the Red Sea port of Hodeida that is the main entry point for food and aid supplies in a country teetering on the brink of famine.

Yemen : Fears mount as fighting focuses on port of Hodeida 02.06.2018. Intensified fighting has centered around Hodeida , a key port city the government says is a conduit for rebel arms.

A Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen 's exiled government began an assault Wednesday morning on Yemen 's port city of Hodeida , a crucial battle in the 3-year-old conflict that aid agency warned could push the Arab world's poorest country into further chaos.

The port has remained open, however. Several ships arrived in recent days, including oil tankers, and there was no word from the coalition or the U.N. to stop work, according to a senior port official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.

Aid groups nevertheless warned of disaster.

More than 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen's civil war, which has displaced 2 million others and helped spawn a cholera epidemic. Saudi-led airstrikes have killed large numbers of civilians and damaged vital infrastructure.

The U.N. and Western nations say Iran has supplied the Houthis with weapons, from assault rifles to the ballistic missiles they have fired deep into Saudi Arabia, including at the capital, Riyadh.

The coalition has blocked most ports, letting supplies into Hodeida in coordination with the U.N. The air campaign and fighting have disrupted other supply lines, causing an economic crisis that makes food too expensive for many to afford.

Late Wednesday, the Saudi and Emirati governments announced what they called a "multi-faceted plan" to protect civilians in Hodeida, including establishing routes for food, medical supplies and oil shipments from Saudi Arabia's southern city of Jizan and the UAE's capital, Abu Dhabi.

Yemen rebels vow to fight on after Hudaida airport defeat .
Yemen's Houthi rebels have vowed to fight on after pro-government forces seized Hudaida airport from them on Wednesday, in a major step towards retaking the port city following a week-long battle. Rebel leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi called for reinforcements to repel the advance of the Saudi and UAE-backed government forces, after ongoing fighting left nearly 350 people dead."We will face all of the incursions on the ground. Our determination will never be dented," he said via the rebels' Al-Masirah news outlet.

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