Saudi-Led Coalition Launches Biggesst Assault Of Yemen War At Major Port

Istanbul:  A Saudi Arabia-led military coalition and its local allies launched a long-anticipated offensive on the Yemeni port city of Hodeida early Wednesday, opening a new front in the country’s intractable civil conflict and raising fears for millions of civilians.

The offensive, which was announced by Yemen’s government, is aimed at dislodging an Iranian-allied rebel group known as the Houthis that controls Hodeida on Yemen’s Red Sea coast. The port is the main entry point for food and humanitarian aid supplies that millions rely on in Houthi-controlled areas.

The government and its Persian Gulf allies argue that defeating the Houthis in the city would force them to the negotiating table more than three years after they took over much of Yemen’s north, setting off a civil war and a devastating humanitarian crisis in the Arab world’s poorest country.

Aid agencies have warned that the Hodeida offensive would almost certainly deepen the crisis, threatening…

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