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U.N. envoy urges Yemen combatants to withdraw from lifeline port

The United Nations envoy for Yemen on Monday urged the warring parties to withdraw their troops from the port of Hodeidah quickly, and international aid agencies said conditions for thousands of starving people were deteriorating fast.
Envoy Martin Griffiths acknowledged that proposed timelines on a pullout from the port, the main entry point for Yemen's commercial and aid imports, had slipped while the country stood on the brink of famine.
"The initial timelines were rather ambitious," he said in comments posted on Twitter. "We are dealing with a complex situation on the ground."
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