Hodeidah port's cranes are pictured from a nearby shantytown in Hodeidah, Yemen June 16, 2018. REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad
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An Arab-led coalition has made no major gains in its offensive to wrest control of Yemen's Hudaida port from the Iran-aligned Houthis, leaving it without the decisive increase in leverage it had sought against the group in U.N.-sponsored peace efforts. The alliance led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates launched the offensive on the heavily defended Red Sea city on June 12, in the largest battle of the 3-year-old war that the United Nations fears risks triggering a famine.Coalition spokesman Col. Turki al-Maliki reiterated that the airport was now under the control of the alliance although Houthi fighters continued to launch "indirect fire" from surrounding areas into the airport.Houthi fighters have been harassing UAE-led forces near the airport and on the coastal road that the coalition uses to resupply its forces from military bases on the western coast.However, the coalition has said that the Houthis must quit the western coast.
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