Heavy clashes near Yemen’s Hodeidah as UN seeks ceasefire

Yemenis drop off boxes of humanitarian aid provided by the Emirati Red Crescent in the coastal town of Mujailis south of the city of Hodeida

Yemenis drop off boxes of humanitarian aid provided by the Emirati Red Crescent in the coastal town of Mujailis south of the city of Hodeida

The United Nations has warned that up to 250,000 people were at risk if the coalition moves ahead with an all-out offensive to take the port, which is a major entry point for commercial supplies and aid. "We have dozens of United Nations staff still in Hudeidah", Lowcock said.

"We will continue to discourage any attack on Hodeidah port and will continue to use our influence to do so", Alistair Burt, a foreign office minister, told the House of Commons.

Government forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, have been advancing along the western coast in recent weeks as they battle the Iran-allied rebels, known as Houthis. "The Coalition condemns such threats posed by Houthi militias, underscores the importance of enforcing the humanitarian and worldwide law as regards the protection of relief personnel and workers in embattled zones", he said.

The Huthis captured Hodeida and Yemen's capital Sanaa in 2014, with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and their allies intervening on behalf of the government the following year.

"While the United Nations and other humanitarian agencies are reconfiguring their presence it's also our planned intention though to stay and deliver".

"We expect all parties to honor their commitments to work with the U.N.", Pompeo said, adding that they should also "support a political process to resolve this conflict, ensure humanitarian access to the Yemeni people, and map a stable political future for Yemen".

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The United Nations says that Yemen is now the world's worst humanitarian crisis and that 22.2 million Yemenis are in need of humanitarian aid.

Save the Children said on Sunday that it continued to treat "tens of thousands of children in Hodeidah for acute malnutrition, and diseases like diphtheria and malaria".

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres met with Yemen's foreign minister at UN headquarters in NY amid warnings that an attack on rebel-held Hodeida was imminent.

The Houthis seized Yemen's capital Sana'a in 2015 and has been locked in battle with troops loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Griffiths has been working on a peace plan that calls on the Houthi group to give up its ballistic missiles in return for an end to a Saudi-led coalition bombing campaign and a transitional governance agreement.


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