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UAE Asks US, France for Military Help in Yemeni Port Onslaught – Reports

© REUTERS / Abduljabbar Zeyad/File PhotoA soldier walks at Red Sea port of Hodeidah, Yemen May 10, 2017
A soldier walks at Red Sea port of Hodeidah, Yemen May 10, 2017 - Sputnik International
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The United Arab Emirates asked the United States and France this week to provide the Saudi-led offensive on a Houthi-held Yemeni port with military assistance, media reported.

The United States rejected the UAE request for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support as well as minesweepers, which will be provided by France, a senior UAE official told CNN.

A Yemeni tribesman from the Popular Resistance Committees, supporting forces loyal to Yemen's Saudi-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, holds a position near the 312 Brigade military camp. (File) - Sputnik International
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The news network said minesweeper ships were needed to clear Houthi-planted mines from al Hodeidah, a lifeline port that has been used to bring in vital supplies to the starving population of partially blockaded Yemen.

The offensive by the Saudi-led coalition of mostly Gulf Arab states was announced on Wednesday. Its stated goal is to end a stalemate in the four-year conflict, while the United Nations has warned a disruption will acerbate human suffering.

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