Saudi-led forces open as­sault on Ye­men port city

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - Obituaries/news -

The Saudi-led coali­tion back­ing Ye­men’s ex­iled gov­ern­ment launched a fierce as­sault on the cru­cial port city of Hodeida, the big­gest of­fen­sive of the years-long war in the Arab world’s poor­est na­tion for the main en­try point for food in a coun­try al­ready tee­ter­ing on the brink of famine.

The at­tack on the Red Sea port aimed to drive 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.

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