Battle for rebel-held Hodeidah could cut aid lifeline for hundreds of thousands of people trapped in dire conditions, say agencies

Families in Hodeidah, Yemen, were trapped inside their homes “waiting for their destiny”, as Saudi-backed forces began closing in on the city.

On Wednesday, the Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen’s exiled government began an assault on the port, a vital lifeline for the humanitarian aid that sustains the majority of the population. About 80% of Yemenis are in need of humanitarian assistance and 8.4 million are on the brink of famine.

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