June 13, 2018 / 1:25 PM / 9 days ago

U.N. Yemen envoy 'extremely concerned' by military escalation

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, called on the warring sides on Wednesday to avoid a battle for the port city of Hodeidah and return to the negotiating table.

U.N. envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths speaks to reporters during his departure at Sanaa airport in Sanaa, Yemen June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

“I am extremely concerned about military escalation in #Hodeida & their humanitarian & political impact,” he said in a tweet. “We’re in contact with parties to avoid further escalation. We call on them to exercise restraint & engage with political efforts to spare Hodeida a military confrontation.”

Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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