Saudi Arabia says Yemen rebel fire kills 3 in kingdom

3 Reported Killed in Missile Attack in Saudi Arabia

3 Reported Killed in Missile Attack in Saudi Arabia

In the past week, the Houthis have fired four ballistic missiles heading toward Saudi Arabia, with one falling inside the Yemeni territories.

"We are, at the present moment, in intense consultation", Guterres told reporters on Monday. He also said that the missiles were heading towards the Najran city of Saudi Arabia. "I hope that it will be possible to avoid a battle for Hodeidah".

The coalition backing Yemen government troops has been closing in on Hodeida after accusing Houthi rebels of smuggling weapons through the port.

"We urge you to use all available means to avert a catastrophic military assault on Yemen's major port city of Hodeida by the Saudi-led coalition, and to present Congress with immediate clarification regarding the full scope of U.S. military involvement in that conflict", reads the letter spearheaded by Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., which has been signed by seven members of Congress.

Aid agencies say it is the city's location on the Red Sea that makes it such a strategic prize.

All signs early on Tuesday pointed to an imminent offensive on Yemen's coastal city of Al Hodeidah, led by the national Yemeni forces and with support from the Arab coalition to end the Houthi militia control over the city. Aid agencies have warned that an attack would have catastrophic consequences.

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

Two civilians were killed in a shelling, carried out on Saturday by Yemen's Houthi militants on the Saudi southwestern city of Jazan, the Saudi Al-Ekhbariya TV channel reported citing Saudi-led Arab coalition's statement. "We have dozens of United Nations staff still in Hodeidah", Lowcock added.

Heavy fighting in Yemen between pro-government forces and Shia rebels has killed more than 600 people on both sides in recent days, security officials said Monday. Al-Monitor reported in November that USA refueling support to the coalition more than doubled over the past year.

The three-year conflict has killed more than 10,000 people and displaced more than 3 million.

He said in a statement that he had spoken with leaders of the United Arab Emirates and "made clear our desire to address their security concerns while preserving the free flow of humanitarian aid and life-saving commercial imports".

On Friday, Lise Grande, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, said that humanitarian agencies "fear, in a prolonged worst case, that as many as 250,000 people may lose everything - even their lives".

The conflict has left almost 10,000 people dead in Yemen, already the Arab world's poorest country.

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