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Fighting rages in Yemen around Red Sea port city of Hodeida

SANAA, Yemen — Yemeni officials say heavy fighting has been raging around Hodeida as government forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition try to retake the Red Sea port city from Shiite rebels.

They say 10 civilians have been killed and 19 wounded as a result of the latest bout of fighting.

Speaking on Thursday, the officials said hundreds of civilians have fled their homes to elsewhere in the city to escape the fighting and that heavy smoke was rising above parts of the city.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Government forces first tried to retake Hodeida in June, but their offensive was stalemated by the rebels’ resistance. The war against the rebels has devastated Yemen, turning it into the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.