A fire broke out at the Houthi-controlled Yemeni port of Hodeidah early on Saturday, destroying warehouses filled with cooking fuel and foodstuffs, port workers said. They told Reuters that, as of 11.00am, fire trucks had not been able to put out the blaze in the warehousing area, which they said appeared to have been caused by an electrical short circuit. Reuters television footage showed thick plumes of smoke rising into the air and firefighters dousing flames. Read more Yemen hit by new cholera outbreak warning Trump touts weapons deals with Saudi Arabia Saudi expulsion of thousands of Yemeni workers fuels civil war Labour: UK ministers accountable for child deaths in Saudi’s Yemen war Corbyn accuses UK military of ‘directing war’ by Saudi Arabia in Yemen Hodeidah port, on the Red Sea, handles the bulk of Yemen’s imports, including critically needed food and aid supplies. The three-year war in the country, which was already the Arab world’s poorest, has pushed it to the verge of famine. “The fire destroyed huge amounts of fuel and humanitarian aid and foodstuff,” a UN World Food Programme (WFP) employee told Reuters by telephone, adding that there would be an investigation to determine the cause. The… Read full this story
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