June 12, 2018 / 5:03 PM / in 5 months

UAE says Yemen's Houthis must evacuate key port city

DUBAI, June 12 (Reuters) - A senior United Arab Emirates official said on Tuesday that the Iran-aligned Houthi movement must evacuate Yemen’s main port of Hodeidah as troops backed by a Saudi-led coalition geared for an assault on the city.

“The international community must pressure the Houthis to evacuate Hodeidah & leave the port intact,” UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Twitter.

“The current & illegal Houthi occupation of Hodeidah is prolonging the Yemeni war. The liberation of the city & port will create a new reality & bring the Houthis to the negotiations,” he added. (Reporting by Ghaida Ghantous Editing by Gareth Jones)

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