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UN shuttle diplomacy aims to avert assault on Yemen port of Hodeidah

China Daily | Updated: 2018-06-13 08:21

UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON - The United Nations is engaged in "intense" shuttle diplomacy between the Houthi group in Yemen, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in a bid to avert an attack on Yemen's port city of Hodeidah, UN chief Antonio Guterres said on Monday.

A Saudi-led coalition military attack or siege on the Houthi-held western city, long a target in the war, could cost up to 250,000 lives in a worst-case scenario, the UN has warned. The Red Sea port is a lifeline for millions of people, handling most of the country's commercial imports and humanitarian aid supplies.

Heavy fighting in Yemen between pro-government forces and the rebels has killed more than 600 people on both sides in recent days, security officials said on Monday.

UN shuttle diplomacy aims to avert assault on Yemen port of Hodeidah

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