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Yemen's government wields Hodeida threat as rebels stand firm at Sweden talks

Yemen’s government would not rule out an offensive on the key port of Hodeida if rebels refuse to withdraw, sparking an immediate rebuff by Houthi insurgents as the warring sides met for United Nations-brokered talks on Friday at a castle in Sweden.Nearly four years into a war that has pushed 14 million Yemenis to the brink of mass starvation, the Saudi Arabia-backed government of Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and Huthi rebels, linked to Riyadh’s archrival Iran, are in the rural Swedish town of Rimbo for what UN officials expect will be a week of negotiations.Government representatives, rebel spokesmen and UN Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths have all said the talks are not aimed at finding a political solution to the conflict. Both Yemeni parties have threatened to leave the talks if certain demands are not met.

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