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In Yemen, U.S. could be complicit in disaster — or key to solution

Displaced residents of Hodeida, Yemen, in a make-shift shelter
Displaced Yemenis from Hodeida at a make-shift camp. Photo: Essa Ahmed/AFP/Getty Images

A coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates is primed to seize Yemen's Red Sea port of Hodeida from Houthi rebels, in the hope of dealing the rebel group a significant blow.

Why it matters: Four years in, the war in Yemen is nearing a tipping point, putting the U.S. in a box. It wants to show solidarity with its Gulf allies and gave them a yellow light to launch the assault, but fears that an all-out assault could exacerbate what is already the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe.