Saudi-led Coalition Reportedly Orders Halt in Assault on Yemen's Hodeidah

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 famine

File photo, member of the pro-government in Yemen forces raises his weapon in the port of the western Yemeni coastal town of Mokha, February 08, 2017.
AFP / SALEH AL-OBEIDI

The Saudi-led coalition has ordered a halt in its offensive on Yemen's main port city of Hodeidah, three sources told Reuters on Thursday.

"The coalition has instructed forces on the ground to halt fighting inside Hodeidah," said one pro-coalition military source.

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 famine.