Giant cranes, damaged by Saudi-led air strikes, are seen at a container terminal at the Red Sea port of Hodeidah, Yemen November 16, 2016. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
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The United Nations called on Yemen's warring parties Wednesday to safeguard the strategic Red Sea port of Hudaida as a lifeline for millions of Yemenis facing potential famine.The Yemeni government and its Arab allies are preparing an assault on Hudaida port, which has been the entry of nearly 80 percent of Yemen's food imports, because they say the Iran-aligned Houthis use it to smuggle weapons and ammunition.Local officials say the government and its allies have positioned two recently-trained brigades for a possible attack. One is 230 kilometers north of Hudaida and the other 130 kilometers to the south, so they would have to cross large areas of Houthi-held territory if they set off to seize the port.
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