A boy cries as he waits with his mother at an ICRC aid distribution centre in Bajil, a district in Hodeida, Yemen December 13, 2018, 2018. REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad
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Yemenis dared to hope Friday that a cease-fire agreed in the contested port city of Hodeida might bring a permanent end to fighting that has driven many from their homes and into an existential struggle for food and medical care. Hodeida became the focus of Yemen's nearly 4-year-old war this year after the Arab military coalition launched an offensive to seize the city, a Red Sea port and supply line for millions of people at risk of famine, from Iranian-aligned Houthi forces that also hold the capital Sanaa.Akram Ateeq, 31, used to support his mother, wife and child by selling fish near Hodeida harbor but has been unable to work for six months due to battles on the outskirts of the city.Youssef Abdo Ali, 44, has been struggling to feed his nine children since seeking refuge in Hodeida.The cease-fire has wider implications for millions of people facing possible starvation, as the port supplies two-thirds of the population of the impoverished country of 29 million people.
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