UN warns attack on Yemen port threatens innocent civilians

The United Nations warned on Friday that a military attack or siege by Yemeni pro-government forces supported by a U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition on the port city of Hodeida will impact hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians.

Humanitarian agencies in Yemen "fear, in a prolonged worst case, that as many as 250,000 people may lose everything — even their lives" in and around Hodeida, the UN Human Coordinator for Yemen Lise Grande said.

The UN and its partners estimate that as many as 600,000 civilians are currently living in and around Hodeida.

Government forces have been trying to seize rebel-held Hodeida, a vital lifeline from which most of Yemen's...