Yemeni pro-government fighters arrive in al-Durayhimi district, about nine kilometres south of Hodeidah international airport on June 13, 2018. / AFP / NABIL HASSAN
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A coalition of Arab states launched an attack on Yemen's main port city Wednesday in the largest battle of the war, aiming to bring the ruling Houthi movement to its knees at the risk of worsening the world's biggest humanitarian crisis.Arab warplanes and warships pounded Houthi fortifications to support ground operations by foreign and Yemeni troops massed south of the port of Hudaida in operation "Golden Victory". The Houthis, however, said that they foiled the coalition's attack on Hudaida, according to the Hezbollah-linked War Media Center.The assault marks the first time the Arab states have tried to capture such a heavily defended major city since joining the war three years ago against the Iran-aligned Houthis, who control Sanaa and most of the populated areas. For most the port is the only route for food supplies.CARE International, one of the few aid agencies still there, said 30 airstrikes hit the city within half an hour.
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