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Tension continues in Yemen's port city of Hodeida

Hodeida: Fighting continued for a third day around Hodeida in western Yemen between Houthi militants controlling the city and the Saudi-led coalition that supports the government.

Tension continues in Hodeida

It came as the World Food Programme warned on Friday that the recent bout of fighting in the port city could jeopardise shipments of 46,000 tons of wheat expected to arrive within the next 10 days.

The latest offensive began last week following the failure of what was hoped to be renewed peace talks to resume in Geneva.

It was concentrated in the eastern and southern entrances to the city, which is considered the lifeline of Yemen.
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The fighting could impact WFP's ability to supply up to 3.5 million people in dire need in northern and central Yemen for one month, according to a WFP representative.

The fighting for Hodeida has also effectively shut down the main artery linking the port city to the rest of the country.
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Save the Children said late on Thursday it is concerned about the welfare of 4.2 million children in Yemen on the brink of starvation.



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