June 13, 2018 / 11:45 AM / 3 months ago

U.N. Yemen envoy 'extremely concerned' by military escalation

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, called on the warring sides on Wednesday to avoid a battle for the port city of Hodeidah and return to the negotiating table.

“I am extremely concerned about military escalation in #Hodeida & their humanitarian & political impact,” he said in a tweet. “We’re in contact with parties to avoid further escalation. We call on them to exercise restraint & engage with political efforts to spare Hodeida a military confrontation.”

Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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