Airport push marks third day of campaign to drive out rebels from vital Red Sea port as death toll rises

Saudi-led coalition and Yemeni fighters backing the country’s government moved closer to taking control of the airport of a crucial rebel-held port as fighting intensified, with pro-government forces within metres of the airport gates.

The death toll climbed to at least 280 on the third day of the campaign on Friday aimed at driving out the Iranian-backed Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, from the Red Sea port of Hodeidah that is the main entry point for food and aid supplies in a country teetering on the brink of famine.

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