A guard walks on the wreckage of a building damaged by air strikes in Sanaa, Yemen June 6, 2018. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
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The United States has warned its close ally the United Arab Emirates not to launch an assault on Yemen's port city of Hudaida, which United Nations experts fear could precipitate a new humanitarian crisis, U.S. officials said late Tuesday.U.N. officials have warned that an assault on Hudaida, which has a population of about 600,000, would cause a humanitarian calamity.Any direct American support to an Emirati ground offensive against Hudaida would mark a major departure from U.S. policy toward Yemen, which has sought to focus U.S. military activity against Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants.Yemeni political sources said Monday that U.N. envoy Griffiths was in the capital, Sanaa, to broker a deal to avert a possible assault on Hudaida, under which the U.N. would take control of the port.
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