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Saudi-backed forces begin assault on Hudaydah port

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10:10 14-06-2018
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Pro-government forces in Yemen, backed by Saudi Arabia, have begun attacking a key port held by rebel fighters, BBC reports.

The coastal city of Hudaydah is where most of the aid arrives for people in Yemen's rebel-held areas. Agencies have warned of a humanitarian catastrophe.

About eight million people are at risk of starvation in the war-torn country.

Pro-government strikes began after Iranian-backed Houthi rebels ignored a deadline to withdraw by midnight (21:00 GMT on Tuesday).

It is the first time the Saudi-led coalition of mostly Gulf states has tried to capture such a well-defended major city in Yemen.