United Nations chief urges warring Yemeni parties to reach peace deal

Aftermath of Saudi-led coalition airstrike which reportedly killed family of 12 in Yemen

Aftermath of Saudi-led coalition airstrike which reportedly killed family of 12 in Yemen

The United States announced almost $87 million in additional humanitarian aid, while the European Union pledged €107.5 million ($132 million) in new funding this year.

The Saudi-led coalition shut down the country's land, sea and air borders previous year in response to a missile attack by the Huthis that was intercepted near Riyadh.

The UN chief has appointed a new peace envoy, Martin Griffiths, who was in the rebel-held capital Sanaa last week for talks on kick-starting the political process, following a first round of meetings in Riyadh.

The Saudi Air Defence Forces said the missile plummeted on Monday evening and hit ground about one mile from the border, saying its intended target was Dhahran Al Janub.

The 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen requires $2.96 billion to reach more than 13 million people across the country. The United Nations said that blockade raised the danger of mass starvation, and it was partially lifted.

The funding appeal came a day after several children were among those killed in a strike on the rebel-held port of Hodeida.

The coalition repeatedly denies it has committed war crimes in Yemen, and its investigations have been slammed by human rights campaigners as not credible.

Guterres told the conference: "All ports must remain open to humanitarian and commercial cargo, the medicines, food and the fuel needed to deliver them".

Meanwhile, Yemen's foreign minister, who was also present at the conference, called for a return to the negotiating table to end the devastating three-year civil war in the country.

"But with global support, we can and must prevent this country from becoming a long-term tragedy", he said.

The U.N.'s World Food Programme is providing food rations to 7 million Yemenis, up from 3 million a year ago, Elisabeth Rasmussen, WFP assistant executive director, told the talks. "Its twin died the week before", Zagaria told Reuters. We need unrestricted access everywhere inside Yemen and we need all the parties to the conflict to respect worldwide humanitarian law, and to protect civilians. Some 1.4 million doses out of 4.4 million planned are on their way via Nairobi. With the rainy season starting this month, humanitarians will focus on ensuring families have sufficient food, step up vaccination campaigns and preposition supplies in high-risk areas to prevent a repetition of last year's cholera outbreak.

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