Saudi-led coalition reportedly orders halt in assault on Yemen's Hodeidah

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Yemen's internationally-backed government and Saudi Arabia have repeatedly accused the Houthi rebels of using Hodeidah's port to smuggle in Iranian weapons.

The decision comes as key Western allies called for a ceasefire ahead of renewed UN-led peace efforts to end more than three years of war that have pushed Yemen to the brink of starvation.

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On Thursday, Yemen's president Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi said he would support the UN-proposed peace talks, but at the same time vowed to "liberate" the battleground rebel-held Hodeida regardless of the peace process.

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David Beasley, its executive director, and Mark Lowcock, the UN's humanitarian chief, will also deliver reports amid a new push for talks.

"What has been going on in Hodeidah was that the coalition forces are preparing for a further military escalation", al-Shami noted.

After 12 days of clashes, Hodeidah was "quiet" and its port was "operating", Gargash tweeted.

"This shows that the humanitarian aid that comes to Yemen does not reach people who really need it. Distribution remains random", said his doctor, Amen al-Asli.

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A commander of the elite troops told Xinhua that the fighting "will continue until the entire province of Hodeidah is liberated".

Burnt out cars were seen on the streets of the city, whose port serves as a key lifeline to the impoverished country.

A military official had earlier told AFP that pro-government forces had suspended their offensive into the city to allow safe passage for civilians, humanitarian staff, and the wounded.

"My heart is breaking after what I saw at the hospital in Hodeidah", said Beasley.

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said about 445,000 people have fled Hodeidah province since June.

His death sparked a global outcry and exposed Saudi Arabia's crackdown on dissent and aggressive foreign policy, including its role in the war in Yemen, which human rights groups and USA lawmakers have criticized.

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"Conditions on the ground are extremely, extremely bad", he told the BBC on Wednesday. Tehran denies the accusation. The official World Health Organisation toll of almost 10,000 dead has not changed since early 2017.

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