People search for recyclables in a garbage dump on the outskirts of the Red Sea port city of Hodeida, Yemen January 7, 2018. REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad
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Yemen's armed Houthi movement threatened to block the strategic Red Sea shipping lane if the Arab-led coalition keeps pushing towards the port of Hudaida it controls, the Houthi-run SABA news agency reported.Yemen lies beside the southern mouth of the Red Sea, one of the most important trade routes in the world for oil tankers, which pass near Yemen's shores while heading from the Middle East through the Suez Canal to Europe.The Arab-led coalition has been trying since the start of the war in March 2015 to capture Hudaida, Yemen's biggest port, which receives 80 percent of Yemen's imports, and has in recent weeks launched a ground campaign and intensified air strikes.
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