Yemeni children die as warring sides block aid deliveries

Saudi-Led Coalition Says It Attacked Airbase, Missile Sites in Sanaa Airport

Saudi-Led Coalition Says It Attacked Airbase, Missile Sites in Sanaa Airport

The bloodshed comes despite growing global pressure to end a years-long conflict that has left thousands dead.

Huthi media reported air strikes in Hodeida on Sunday but did not give a fighter casualty toll.

The Saudi Royal Air Force intercepted a missile over Najran on Friday, fired by the Houthi militia, according to the Arab coalition supporting legitimacy in Yemen.

Thirteen pro-government troops were killed, medical sources in Aden and Mokha - where the fighters were transported - told AFP. He said both the internationally-recognized Yemeni government and Houthi rebels "are not enabling us to do our work as fast as we should".

Saudi Arabia's alleged human rights violations are not limited to that country but have expanded beyond its borders, since there is an endless war in Yemen.

But the secretary-general stressed that the U.N.'s immediate priority is to stop the bombing in populated areas and preserve critical infrastructure including in the key port of Hodeida, the main entry point for global aid and 70 percent of food imports that Yemen relies on.

The statement said the missile hit the target accurately.

"We have watched the situation deteriorate to the point that Yemen is now on the brink of man-made starvation, and facing the worst cholera epidemic in the world in decades", Jolie added.

"The only way to enable refugees to return home, and to bring down the overall numbers worldwide, is to end conflicts themselves".

Earlier in the day, Guterres had called for a halt to violence in Yemen to pull the country back from a "precipice" and build momentum toward talks on ending the war.

The UN appeal came just a few days after the U.S., in a significant shift, exerted pressure on Riyadh, a close ally, to end the aggression against the Yemenis by calling for a truce and peace talks.

Yemeni children are dying from starvation and disease as trucks with life-saving supplies are blocked in port, leaving medical staff and desperate mothers imploring aid workers to do more, a senior United Nations official said.

Yemen has been at war since March 2015, when Houthis occupied northern Yemen, forcing the government into exile.

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is one of the worst in the world, with three quarters of the population requiring some form of life-saving assistance and protection, according to the United Nations Population Fund.

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