UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths (C) walks his arrival to Sanaa, Yemen July 2, 2018. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
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The U.N. envoy to Yemen Friday urged warring sides to "keep the peace" in Hodeida, saying the rebels agreed to talks on the U.N. taking a leading role in running the lifeline port.Griffiths was in the country ahead of planned peace talks in Sweden in December between the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels and pro-government forces backed by an Arab coalition.Hodeida residents reached by telephone said that Houthis have been bringing in reinforcements.Dozens of families have fled Hodeida, as the rebels stationed snipers on top of peoples' homes, according to residents and pro-government military officials. U.N. agencies say 14 million Yemenis are at risk of starvation.
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