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please be u. n. ground support as fighting rages in yemen the country urging the international community on wednesday descended ground troops after a hundred and twenty people were killed most of them civilians in an escalating civil war , she i t. v. rebels and fighters loyal to the former president are closing in on the port city of eight in which could be critical in tipping the balance of power in yemen it's a stronghold of support for the country's current leader president heidi who's now in hiding in saudi arabia the saudis have been leading airstrikes against those who sees you s. secretary of state john kerry arrives for talks in riyadh on wednesday earlier he spoke from nearby djibouti cooling for the fighting in yemen to be put on hold we have urged all sides , anybody involved to comply with , humanitarian law and to , take every precaution to keep civilians out of the , line of fire out of harm's way as well as to , uh provide the opportunity for humanitarian assistance to be able to be delivered the u. s. has pledged nearly seventy million dollars in aid to yemen food imports have been badly blocked by the fighting the u. n. says an estimated eighteen percent of the country is now going hungry