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United Nations seeks urgent ceasefire to stop UAE assault on Yemeni port

14 June 2018, 09:26 | Erica Roy

Civilians Killed in Houthi Shelling of Saudi Arabia’s Jazan – Reports AFP 2018 Khaled Abdullah

Houthi militants ride on the back of a patrol truck

On Tuesday, the Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces (RSADF) reportedly intercepted a ballistic missile launched by Iran-backed Houthi movement from Yemen targeting the Saudi territory.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said there were "intense negotiations" by his UN envoy Martin Griffiths on the fate of the port.

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

The state-run Saudi Press Agency quoted military coalition spokesman Col.

He said the Houthi violations are still going on in the province of Saada, the platform of ballistic missiles and the destination of smuggled missiles from outside Yemen.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres met with Yemen's foreign minister at UN headquarters in NY amid warnings that an attack on rebel-held Hodeida was imminent.

Saudi-led coalition is to pay five billion dollar for Israel for taking part in an imminent attack led by the coalition on Yemen's Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, officials familiar with the issue said on Monday.

Sanaa Yemen
Sputnik Faisal Al Shabibi Yemeni Houthi Rebels Shell Government Forces- Reports

He said past and present United Nations efforts had been met with "intransigence" by the Houthis who he said have refused a political solution to end the crisis.

The United Nations pulled all of its global staff out of Hodeida early Monday morning.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday expressed concern at the situation in Hudeida and called on all parties to "honour their commitments to working with the United Nations".

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other allies intervened in Yemen in 2015 to push back the rebels and restore the internationally-recognised government to power after the Huthis ousted it from swathes of the country including the capital Sanaa.

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.

The U.N. Security Council, which was also briefed by Griffiths via video from Amman, strongly backed his efforts and Lowcock's and stressed again that "only negotiated settlement can bring the war to an end".




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