Yemenis shop at a market in the old city of the capital Sanaa on April 7, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS
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International shipping lines are being forced to scale back or suspend port calls to Yemen as the conflict gets worse, putting pressure on supplies of food as prices rise in local markets.The world's largest global shipping association, BIMCO, said: "If a port is taken/held by the Houthis and a ship is seen to be supplying the rebels, the ship could be at risk from airstrikes or indeed naval action from the coalition".Another commodities trader said his vessel carrying wheat was held up for days by coalition ships before being allowed through into Yemen. The world's top container group, Maersk Line, said it had suspended all calls to Yemen.The world's third-biggest container group, CMA CGM said separately it was not making direct port calls to Yemen, only booking slots on other vessels that still called at the port of Hudaida.
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