Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Battles rock Yemen port city as United Nations warns of 'living hell'

Battles rock Yemen port city as United Nations warns of 'living hell'

"The worldwide community has a real opportunity to halt the senseless cycle of violence and to prevent an imminent catastrophe", Guterres said.

Turki al-Malki, a spokesman for the coalition, said in TV comments that no flights or global aid efforts at the airport were affected by the airstrikes targeting the al-Dulaimi Air Base in Sanaa.

The secretary-general of the united Nations, Antonio Guterres had also called Friday to the end of the "violence" in order to avoid that the country does not fall into a "precipice".

They said forces backed by airstrikes from the Saudi-led coalition have been trying to retake the port city of Hodeida, the main entry point for food in a country teetering on the brink of starvation.

Washington, a close Saudi ally, backs coalition forces by refuelling their jets and selling them weapons.

Following the collapse of the talks, which would have been the first of their kind in almost two years, the coalition announced it was relaunching an assault on Houthi-held Hodeidah, a strategically important Red Sea port city.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Sunni Muslim allies have been fighting the Iran-aligned Houthis for more than three years.

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

The alliance, which relies on Western arms and intelligence, faces a challenge to seize the heavily-defended city without causing heavy casualties at time of increasing global scrutiny over the war that has killed more than 10,000 people. He also said airstrikes by the Arab coalition, backed by the US, "must cease in all populated areas in Yemen".

Hodeida port is the entry point for more than 70 per cent of imports into the impoverished country, which is teetering on the edge of starvation.

He pointed out the situation of particular concern to Hodeida, a port city on the west of the country held by rebels and pro-government forces looking to take over.

They say Sunday that airstrikes and naval artillery have pounded rebel positions around the Red Sea costal city, which government backed-troops launching a major ground assault seek to wrest from dug-in rebels.

Despite a high-profile modernisation drive aimed at improving Saudi Arabia's image and attracting foreign investment, rights groups have detailed a crackdown on activists, increase in executions and discrimination against the Shiite minority.

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