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The brutal war in Yemen may be moving toward a tipping point following a controversial siege of the port of Hudaida by a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.A U.N. mediator and a top Emirati diplomat both expressed hope Thursday for a negotiated deal with Houthi rebels that could relieve pressure on the city. But they disagreed about details, and humanitarian groups warned that the assault is choking relief supplies for Yemen's civilian population.The war bogged down, with heavy civilian casualties.Anwar Gargash, the UAE's foreign affairs minister, also expressed hope for a deal in a telephone interview Thursday night. But he said the plan the Houthis seem ready to accept – for U.N. oversight of the port – isn't sufficient, and that the UAE and its allies want complete withdrawal of Houthi fighters from the city. The Hudaida battle has been one of the most important of the 3-year-old war. UAE commanders moved this month to assault the port city, hoping to tip the balance of the protracted conflict.
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