DUBAI: A senior United Arab Emirates official said on Tuesday that the Iran-aligned Houthi movement must evacuate Yemen's main port of Hodeidah as troops backed by a Saudi-led coalition geared for an assault on the city.
"The international community must pressure the Houthis to evacuate Hodeidah & leave the port intact," UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Twitter.
"The current & illegal Houthi occupation of Hodeidah is prolonging the Yemeni war. The liberation of the city & port will create a new reality & bring the Houthis to the negotiations," he added.
(Reporting by Ghaida Ghantous; Editing by Gareth Jones)