FILE PHOTO: A ship carrying a shipment of grain is docked at the Red Sea port of Hodeidah, Yemen August 5, 2018. REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad/File Photo
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Thousands of Yemeni civilians are trapped on the southern outskirts of Hudaida as forces backed by the Arab coalition battle Houthi insurgents entrenched in the Red Sea port city, aid groups said Monday.The alliance has massed thousands of Yemeni troops in recent days near the heavily-defended port, but a source in the coalition told Reuters there are no immediate plans for an assault on the city, a lifeline for millions of Yemenis. Three officials with the Yemeni military said fighting continued to flare around Hodeida, whose port is the entry point for three quarters of the country's imports.Yemeni military officials said the coalition had sent fighter jets and Apache attack helicopters Monday morning to back up troops on the ground around Hodeida.
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