United Kingdom backs USA calls to end Saudi-led war in Yemen

United Kingdom backs USA calls to end Saudi-led war in Yemen

United Kingdom backs USA calls to end Saudi-led war in Yemen

The regional chief of the United Nations children s agency said Saturday that Yemeni authorities are making it hard to deliver much-needed humanitarian aid and warned that impeding relief efforts could plunge the country into starvation.

"This operation includes targeting of ballistic-missile launch and storage locations. bomb-making and assembly workshops and their support locations in Al Dailami Airbase in Sanaa", coalition spokesman Turki Al Malki said in a statement.

The pro-government Yemeni forces on Sunday advanced in the Red Sea coastal city of Hodeidah controlled by the Shiite Houthi rebels after two days of intense battles, local sources said.

Three-quarters of Yemen's 29 million people are food insecure, 1.8 children suffer from malnutrition and 400,000 children under age 5 are in the worst stage of malnutrition - without intervention they might die.

The UN children's fund (UNICEF) warned an assault on Hodeida city would jeopardise the lives of Yemenis across the country who depend on its port for humanitarian aid.

Children under five are at particular risk of dying from severe malnutrition as well as preventable diseases such as measles, cholera and diphtheria.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates lead a regional coalition that is seeking to oust the Houthis and restore Yemen's internationally recognized government.

Houses and civilian properties were badly affected by the continuing Saudi-led airstrikes, said Masirah TV. Without action, up to 14 million people - half of Yemen's population - could be at risk in the coming months, up from 8 million who are now facing starvation, said Guterres.

Since the intervention, almost 10,000 civilians have been killed, according to the World Health Organization.

Hodeidah is the only port held by the Houthis and serves as the entry point for the bulk of Yemen's commercial imports and aid supplies.

Yemen has been at war since March 2015 when Houthi rebels occupied northern regions and forced the government into exile.

Both Tehran and the rebels deny the port is being used to smuggle arms from Iran into Yemen.

Yemeni government officials said Tuesday that the coalition had sent more than 10,000 new troops towards the battleground city, seized by the rebels in 2014 along with the capital Sanaa.

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