Battle starts for lifeline Yemen port

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The fighting and a partial blockade by the coalition has also left 22 million people in need of humanitarian aid, created the world's largest food security emergency, and led to a cholera outbreak that is thought to have affected a million people.

The port is the main point of entry for aid for people in rebel-held areas and agencies have warned of a humanitarian catastrophe if it is attacked. Bombing started after Iranian-backed Houthi rebels ignored a deadline set by the government to withdraw by midnight (21:00 GMT on Tuesday).

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As troops prepare for a ground assault, the exiled Yemeni government said recapturing the city will "cut off the hands of Iran, which has long drowned Yemen in weapons that shed precious Yemeni blood."

A coalition of mostly Gulf countries led by Saudi Arabia bombarded the Yemeni port city of Hodeida on Wednesday ahead of a planned ground assault to take back the port city from the Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

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Yemen: Saudi-led coalition begins battle for vital port

A Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen’s exiled government has begun an assault on Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah, a crucial battle in the three-year conflict that aid agencies warned could push the Arab world’s poorest country into further chaos.

The battle for Hodeidah, if the Houthis don’t withdraw, also might mark the first major street-to-street urban fighting for the Saudi-led coalition. Before dawn on Wednesday, convoys of vehicles appeared to be heading toward the rebel-held city, according to videos posted on social media.

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