UN envoy in Yemen to push for peace talks as famine looms

The UN’s Yemen envoy flew into the rebel-held capital Sanaa Wednesday to push for renewed peace talks after fierce fighting for the lifeline port of Hodeida which has ramped up fears of a catastrophic famine.

Under heavy Western pressure, the government and its Saudi-led military backers have largely suspended a five-month-old offensive on the Red Sea port city as United Nations envoy Martin Griffiths spearheads the biggest peace push in two years.

But Hodeida residents reported clashes just hours ahead of Griffiths’ arrival, and a devastating all-out assault still looms as the coalition eyes a key victory in its war with Iran-backed Huthi rebels.

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UN agencies say the closure of Hodeida port due to fighting or damage could put up to 14 million Yemenis at risk of starvation.

The UN’s Yemen envoy flew into the rebel-held capital Sanaa Wednesday to push for renewed peace talks after fierce fighting for the lifeline port of Hodeida which has ramped up fears of a catastrophic famine.

Under heavy Western pressure, the government and its Saudi-led military backers have largely suspended a five-month-old offensive on the Red Sea port city as United Nations envoy Martin Griffiths spearheads the biggest peace push in two years.

But Hodeida residents reported clashes just hours ahead of Griffiths’ arrival, and a devastating all-out assault still looms as the coalition eyes a key victory in its war with Iran-backed Huthi rebels.

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UN agencies say the closure of Hodeida port due to fighting or damage could put up to 14 million Yemenis at risk of starvation.

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