People displaced from the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah sit outside an a host family's house where they live on the outskirts of Sanaa, Yemen July 10, 2018. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
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For days, Amal would pull her four children back from the windows each time Apache helicopters attacked the rooftop snipers in her neighborhood south of Yemen's port city of Hudaida. Eventually the fighting got too much so the family fled Al-Tahita district to seek shelter in the heavily defended city center.Amal, who declined to give her last name, is one of thousands of Yemenis displaced by an Arab-led coalition offensive launched on June 12 to take control of the Red Sea port city from the Iran-aligned Houthis.The United Nations fears the offensive on Hudaida, whose port is a lifeline for millions of Yemenis, risks exacerbating a humanitarian crisis in which 8.4 million people are believed to be on the verge of starvation.In Sanaa, some families from Hudaida have only been able to find shelter in crumbling one-room cement structures with no running water or furniture and have no source of income.In the port of Khokha on the western coast, coalition forces have set up more than 300 tents to house the displaced.
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