A soldier walks at Red Sea port of Hodeidah, Yemen May 10, 2017. REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad
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The Saudi-backed Yemeni government will not allow its Houthi foes to keep the Red Sea port of Hudaida, the information minister said, underlining its intent to remove the vital aid delivery point from the control of the Iran-aligned group.The government of President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi accuses the Houthis of using the port to smuggle in weapons and of collecting custom duties on goods, which they use to finance the war.Iryani repeated that the government had accepted a proposal by U.N. envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, to hand over control of Hudaida to a neutral party as a way of avoiding military action.Yemen has been devastated by more then two years of civil war in which Hadi's government, backed by an Arab-led coalition, is fighting to drive the Houthis out of cities they seized in 2014 and 2015 in a rapid rise to national power.
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