Yemenis celebrate Eid as Hodeida fighting rages

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Yemenis are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, the holiday that comes at the end of the holy month of Ramadan, amid an assault by a Saudi-led coalition to retake the strategic port of Hodeida

Residents say Friday rebel snipers are stationed on rooftops of buildings in Hodeida to counter pro-government advances toward the rebel-held city.

Resident Mahdi Ayesh says people in Hodeida face “difficult times” as they fear fighting will enter their neighborhoods.

“Today’s Eid is not like previous ones. It comes as the three-year-long war rages,” he said.

The U.S.-supported, Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen’s exiled government began its assault Wednesday on Hodeida, the main entry for food into a country already on the brink of famine.