Fears grow of imminent attack on main humanitarian port in Yemen

The Yemeni port city of  Hodeidah is a critical aid conduit to 7 million people without other help.

(CNN)The United Nations is racing to avoid an imminent offensive on a major Yemeni port city considered a lifeline for the country's war-ravaged population.

The UN Security Council is conducting an urgent meeting over the expected assault on Yemen's Hodeidah. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said there are "intense negotiations" and his Yemen envoy is involved in shuttle diplomacy to stave off the attack.
Martin Griffiths, the UN's special envoy for Yemen, is shuttling between the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to find "a way to avoid the military confrontation in Hodeidah," Guterres said at a briefing Monday.
Oxfam said the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) sent aid groups in Yemen warnings on Saturday evening for staff to evacuate the port city by Tuesday. It said the UAE had given the agency a notice to evacuate.