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Troops backed by a Saudi-led coalition stormed the airport in Hodeidah on Tuesday (June 19) in what could be a decisive moment in the most crucial battle yet in Yemen's war.
Crucial because as well as being the main supply line for the Iran-aligned Houthis, Yemen's main port city is also a lifeline for civilians - 8.4 million of whom are on the verge of starvation.
The U.N fears this offensive will worsen what is already the world's most urgent humanitarian crisis.
Houthi media said 40 airstrikes hit the airport on Tuesday and UAE state media claimed large swathes of the facility had been taken by coalition forces.