GENEVA Feb 10 The Saudi-led coalition has
intensified air strikes on the Yemen port of Hodeidah,
potentially trapping civilians and endangering a humanitarian
operation to import vital supplies, the United Nations human
rights office said on Friday.
Yemeni government forces backed by Gulf Arab troops have
secured the Red Sea coast city of al-Mokha, held by Iran-allied
Houthi fighters for two years, the United Arab Emirates news
agency WAM reported on Tuesday, in a push that paves the way for
an advance on the country's main port city of Hodeidah.
"Civilians were trapped during the fighting (in al-Mokha),
there are real fears the situation will repeat itself in the
port of Hodeidah where air strikes are apparently already
intensifying," Rupert Colville, U.N. human rights spokesman,
told a Geneva news briefing.
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; editing by Tom Miles)