Saudi Arabia says new Yemen missile intercepted

14 June, 2018, 09:24 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Houthi militants ride on the back of a patrol truck

Malki also commented on the Houthis' launch of four ballistic missiles towards Saudi Arabia during the past two months, adding that one of these missiles fell in Yemen.

Impoverished Yemen has been wracked by violence since 2014, when the Shia Houthi group overran much of the country, including capital Sanaa. "But if Hodeidah city is attacked it might be hard as we can't risk sending our staff to the frontline".

More than 22 million people are now in serious need of aid, with 8.4 million on the brink of starvation, the United Nations has said.

Clashes between the military and Houthi rebel forces intensified last week, as troops led by the UAE advanced to 10 km (6 miles) from the city, Reuters reported.

"We are hoping for the efforts of the special envoy to bring a positive resolution".

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.

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

Yemeni security officials say gunmen shot dead a pro-government army colonel in the southwestern city of Taiz.

The United Nations, which has for years unsuccessfully sought to temper the conflict is pushing for a ceasefire in an effort to prevent an attack on Hodeidah.

Eleven humanitarian aid agencies, including Oxfam and Save the Children, separately wrote to British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson urging him to warn the coalition that it will lose British support if it attacks Hodeidah. The assistance provided by King Salman Centre for Humanitarian Assistance and Relief Aid as part of the comprehensive humanitarian operations in Yemen have benefited 4,791,792 Yemeni citizens.

United Nations humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock told reporters after briefing the Security Council behind closed doors later Monday that it's critical to prevent "a battle" for Hodeida, which is a vital link for supplying millions of Yemenis with the necessities of life.

Maintaining open corridors for the aid and avoiding a humanitarian crisis in a city inhabited by half a million people is the priority for Washington, he said.

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


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