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Hodeidah is a vital lifeline for the delivery of humanitarian supplies to the Houthi-controlled northern provinces, including the country's capital Sanaa.

Last week the International Committee of the Red Cross said it was temporarily pulling 71 staff from Yemen "due to a series of incidents and threats". "I hope that it will be possible to avoid a battle for Hodeidah".

Residents on the west coast launched a campaign to remove Houthi slogans, he also said, hinting that the Hodeidah Port has become a spot to smuggle weapons to the Houthis.

Previous UN efforts have failed to end the more than three-year-old conflict which pits the Houthis, who seized the capital Sanaa in 2014, against other Yemeni forces backed by the alliance loyal to exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and led by USA allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. "The Coalition condemns such threats posed by Houthi militias, underscores the importance of enforcing the humanitarian and global law as regards the protection of relief personnel and workers in embattled zones", he said.

He said "90 percent of food, fuel and medicines in Yemen are imported" - and 70 percent come through Hodeida, including desperately needed humanitarian aid for over 7 million people.

In the past week, the Houthis have fired four ballistic missiles heading toward Saudi Arabia, with one falling inside the Yemeni territories.

On Friday, Lise Grande, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, said that humanitarian agencies "fear, in a prolonged worst case, that as many as 250,000 people may lose everything - even their lives".

The more than three-year-old conflict in Yemen is widely seen as part of a proxy battle between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, acknowledged the "humanitarian crisis" in Yemen and said he had met twice with Griffiths and also spoken to him by phone.

More than 10,000 Yemenis have been killed since the war began, tens of thousands have been wounded, and another two million people have been displaced. "It is essential for him to be given the time that he needs to facilitate a negotiated solution that avoids conflict in the city and we support his efforts to do so". The coalition aims to restore the government of self-exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

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