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The Saudi Arabia-led Arab coalition fighting in Yemen launched an operation early Friday against targets north of the port city of al-Hodeidah, prompting Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels to warn of a dangerous escalation of the conflict.

The coalition said in a statement published by official Saudi news agency SPA that the operation resulted in the destruction of four installations used by the rebels to assemble remote-controlled boats and sea mines.