US urges United Nations cooperation as fighting flares in Yemen

US urges United Nations cooperation as fighting flares in Yemen

US urges United Nations cooperation as fighting flares in Yemen

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

U.N. Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths has urged the Houthis to hand over Hodeidah to U.N. control, Reuters reported on Sunday.

Following the closed-door council meeting, Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia, who is council president this month, called for de-escalation and said the top United Nations body would be "closely" following developments.

"What we should not see is an attack on Hodeida port".

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An alarming 22.2 million people in Yemen - the Arab world's poorest country - need some kind of humanitarian or protection assistance, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Al-Maliki said residents have welcomed the advancing government forces through such gestures like removing sectarian graffiti from walls of liberated towns and cities in Saada as well as the port of Hodeidah.

Though there has been some suggestion that the Houthis could give the port city to the United Nations to administer, avoiding it either being attacked or the port closed to humanitarian aid.

And her statement warned that the likely "catastrophic humanitarian impact" would be worsened due to Hodeida's key role as the point of entry for some 70 percent of Yemen's imports.

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Yemen's Defense Ministry declared Monday that 250 fighters of the Shiite Houthi group were killed in battles with government forces in the country's western coast areas.

Urgent British-led efforts at the UN were under way to dissuade the United Arab Emirates and the Saudis from pressing ahead with the attack - or at least to give undertakings that it will not seek to starve Hodeidah into submission.

Griffiths is set to present on Monday a new peace plan for Yemen, but he has warned that military action could derail that effort. Other attacks on Riyadh have taken place since, the most recent being in May.

As the last port controlled by the northern rebels, it is the lone source of humanitarian aid for millions across northern Yemen.

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

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