Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Saudi Arabia intercepts missile fired at border city Jazan

Saudi Arabia intercepts missile fired at border city Jazan

There have been reports that close U.S. ally the United Arab Emirates and local allies, tiring of the Huthi's ability to tax imports at Hodeida, is planning to capture the port. "The Coalition condemns such threats posed by Houthi militias, underscores the importance of enforcing the humanitarian and global law as regards the protection of relief personnel and workers in embattled zones", he said. Some 600,000 people live in and around the city. "We left it in his hands for the time being", Nebenzia told reporters.

His efforts to convince the rebels to hand over control of Al Hodeidah to UN-supervised worldwide forces had failed, according to reports.

Currently NRC can still access some districts in the north of Hodeidah, he added.

The Department for International Development (Dfid) warned international aid groups on Saturday that diplomatic negotiations to avert the attack were failing.

Earlier in the day, a military source told Xinhua that the pro-government army was reinforced to prepare for an imminent massive attack against Houthi rebels in Yemen's western port city of Hodeidah. "Humanitarian organisations have rushed to develop a contingency plan".

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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".

"But we are also anxious about the humanitarian situation", he said.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement that he had spoken with Emirati leaders and urged them to work with the United Nations to ensure "the free flow of humanitarian aid and life-saving commercial imports" through Hodeida.

Most countries have since withdrawn their forces from the coalition, with only Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates conducting attacks in Yemen. "We are continuously working with the International Committee for Red Cross to provide the best environment and circumstances for the work of United Nations organisation". "We're reaching tens of thousands more with good vouchers so they can eat, and purification tablets so they can drink clean water".

Almost 10,000 people have been killed since the alliance launched its intervention in Yemen in March 2015, contributing to what the United Nations has called the world's worst humanitarian crisis. In fact the MSF has issued a clarification and apologized, he said.

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Charities operating in Yemen have come under attack during the three-year conflict, and all have said that the coordinates of their facilities were known to the Gulf coalition. The United States is also providing support to the coalition, including air-to-air refuelling and intelligence sharing.

Mr Griffiths held several rounds of talks last week in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, which is held by the rebels. The coalition aims to restore the government of self-exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

"We are, at the present moment in intense consultation ..."

During his meeting with Yemen's new Foreign Minister Khaled Alyemany, Guterres stressed that "everyone should redouble efforts to find a political solution and avoid a fierce, bloody battle for Hodeida", UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

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