Clashes break out in Yemen’s key port city after cease-fire

SANAA, Yemen (AP) – Fighting erupted in Yemen’s key port city of Hodeida on Sunday, the first significant clashes since warring sides agreed to a United Nations (UN)-brokered cease-fire deal in December last year, security officials and eyewitnesses said.

Fires burned on the main front lines in the city’s east and south, while exchanges of artillery fire shook buildings in combat that broke out overnight, they said. Rebels who hold the city and the government-backed troops who oppose them have been seen erecting barricades and digging defensive trenches.