Displaced Yemenis from Hudaida fill their water barrels at a make-shift camp in a village in the northern district of Abs in Hajjah province, on September 16, 2018. AFP / ESSA AHMED
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Arab coalition-backed government forces in Yemen launched a series of attacks on rebel-held Hudaida, military officials said Tuesday, raising fears of a humanitarian crisis as an 11-week pause in the battle for the port city ended.The fight for Hudaida – which the Houthis seized in 2014 – had been put on hold for 11 weeks while the United Nations struggled to bring warring parties to peace talks in Geneva.Brig. Gen. Ali al-Taniji, commander of coalition forces on Yemen's west coast, confirmed that the alliance had launched an operation in Hudaida, in a statement to state media in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia's main partner in the coalition.The Houthis accused the coalition of targeting food supply warehouses in the raids, charging the international community was complicit in the attacks.The coalition intervened in the Yemen conflict in 2015 in a bid to bolster embattled Yemeni President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi, whose government is recognized by the United Nations, in his war against the Houthis.
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