Yemen forces launch assault on rebel-held port city

Yemen forces launch assault on rebel-held port cityYemeni forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition launched an offensive to retake the rebel-held port city of Hodeida, a key aid hub, sparking calls from the international community for restraint. Pro-government troops began the assault Wednesday despite mounting international fears about the humanitarian fallout, pressing toward Hodeida airport south of the city after receiving a “green light” from the coalition. The UN Security Council will meet on Thursday for urgent talks on the offensive, diplomats said, after a request from Britain.


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