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Arab coalition declares Hodeidah a military zone
February 14, 2017
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ADEN: A Saudi-led coalition has declared Yemen’s Hodeidah city a military zone, urging civilians in the Houthi-held Red Sea port to stay in their homes, days after the United Nations warned that air strikes could trap civilians and hamper aid efforts.

The military coalition of mainly Gulf Arab states said in a statement late on Sunday civilians in Hodeidah should “remain in their homes and avoid clashes” and that the city would be declared a military zone from 10 am (0700 GMT) on Monday until further notice.

Earlier this week, Yemeni government forces backed by Gulf Arab troops recaptured the Red Sea city of Al-Mokha in a push that paved the way for an advance on Hodeidah, Yemen’s main port city.

The United Nations said on Friday the Saudi-led coalition had intensified air strikes on Hodeidah, possibly trapping civilians and hampering a humanitarian operation to deliver vital food and fuel supplies. 

A Pakistani national was killed Sunday in Saudi Arabia when Yemeni rebels shelled the kingdom’s southern border region, the civil defence department said.

A rocket hit Arda, which is part of the southwestern region of Jazan, Civil Defence spokesman Yahya al-Qahtani said in a report by the official Saudi Press Agency.

“As result, a Pakistani national was killed,” he said without naming the victim.

At least 115 civilians and soldiers have been killed in southern Saudi Arabia since a Saudi-led coalition launched air strikes in Yemen against Huthi rebels in March 2015 to support Yemen’s government.

Agence France-Presse

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