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Humanitarian crisis feared as Yemen fighting approaches strategic port

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Humanitarian crisis feared as Yemen fighting approaches strategic port

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Fears are growing that the humanitarian crisis in Yemen will deepen as fighting closes in on the strategic port of Hodeidah.

At a press conference this week, the Saudi-led coalition said it had launched an offensive to recapture the coastal region and was now just 20 kilometres away from the port, which is held by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels

90% of all Yemen's food imports pass through Hodeidah - and aid agencies are warning that any disruption to the port's operation will affect the entire country. Some 22 million people already rely on aid as a result of Yemen's four year long civil war.

The United Nations describes the situation as the worst ongoing humanitarian crisis in the world.