Lifeline to Millions of Starving Yemenites in Danger as Saudis Bombard Key Port City

As the biggest battle of the war so far rages on, the Saudi-led coalition strikes the key city of Hodeidah

This picture shows an armored vehicle on fire as Yemeni pro-government forces conduct an attack on Huthi rebels positions in the area of al-Fazah in Yemen's Hodeida province on June 16, 2018.
The UN envoy for Yemen carried a plan to halt fighting around the key aid port of Hodeida where Huthi rebels have been battling a regional coalition. More than 70 percent of Yemeni imports pass through Hodeida's docks and the fighting has raised UN fears of humanitarian catastrophe in a country already teetering on the brink of famine. / AFP PHOTO / -
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A Saudi-led coalition conducted air strikes on Yemen's Hodeidah airport on Sunday, to support forces attempting to seize control from Houthi fighters inside, according to Saudi and Houthi media, in the biggest battle of the war. 

Coalition warplanes carried out five strikes on the port city of Hodeidah - a lifeline to millions of Yemenis, the Houthis' official SABA news agency said. 
Saudi-owned broadcaster Al Arabiya also reported strikes on the airport. 

The coalition launched a major offensive five days ago that could cut off supply lines to the capital Sanaa, which is controlled by the Houthis. 

Each side holds various parts of the airport. 

A man lies on a hospital bed, after he was inured by clashes between government forces and Houthi fighters near Hodeidah, Yemen June 15, 2018
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The United Nations says the assault on Hodeidah could trigger a famine imperiling millions of lives.