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Attack on Yemeni port would displace at least 400,000 - U.N.
May 12, 2017 / 9:17 AM / 6 months ago

Attack on Yemeni port would displace at least 400,000 - U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) - An attack on Yemen’s Hodeidah port would displace more than 400,000 people, the U.N. International Organization for Migration said on Friday, doubling its previous minimum estimate.

A soldier walks at Red Sea port of Hodeidah, Yemen May 10, 2017. REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad

“A minimum of 400,000 people will flee the city eastwards, once Al Hudaydah is under attack,” IOM’s Director of Operations and Emergencies Mohammed Abdiker said in a statement, using a different English spelling for the port’s name.

The U.N. has previously warned against any attack by Saudi-led coalition forces on the Houthi-held port, the aid lifeline for millions of people in desperate need of food, saying that 200,000-500,000 people could be displaced.

Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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