A police trooper stands guard during a visit by a U.N. delegation to the Red Sea port of Hodeidah, Yemen July 26, 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 Hodeidah, the information minister said, underlining its intention to remove the vital aid delivery point from the control of the Iran-aligned group.The United Nations has proposed that Hodeidah, where 80 percent of food imports arrive, should be handed to a neutral party, to smooth the flow of humanitarian relief and prevent the port being engulfed by Yemen's two-year-old war. Yemen has been devastated by more then two years of civil war in which Hadi's government, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, is fighting to drive the Houthis out of cities they seized in 2014 and 2015 in a rapid rise to national power.The Yemen war has killed more than 10,000 people, destroyed Yemen's infrastructure and pushed the country to the brink of famine, and there is no sign that the conflict will end soon.
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