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Yemen: Fighting escalates amid spats with UN agencies

Over a month since the unilateral redeployment of Houthi forces from Hodeidah port began, hopes for de-escalation have all but vanished. Instead, the conflict has moved in a new direction. Following the Houthi drone strike on the oil pipeline west of Riyadh last month, the Ministry of Defence in Sanaa on 2 June threatened “painful and devastating strikes inside Saudi Arabia and the UAE; it described the strikes on oil facilities as the first phase of a new offensive.

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