Threat of starvation loom as aid deliveries are blocked in Yemen

Women artists at work during the Misk Art festival in Riyadh

Women artists at work during the Misk Art festival in Riyadh

"Coalition aircraft targeted legitimate military positions at al-Dailami Air Base, northeast of the capital, Sanaa", the coalition leadership said in a statement, referring to the outskirts of Yemen's civilian worldwide airport which remains one of the few lifelines for the war-torn country. The rocket was sacked from the rebels' stronghold of Saada in northern Yemen, he said in a statement.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday appealed for an end to the war in Yemen and laid out steps the parties in the conflict must take to move forward, warning that continued fighting would result in the country's worst starvation in a decade. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has stressed that it was "very important" for Houthi militias in Yemen to halt missile attacks on Saudi Arabia, as Western diplomats told Asharq Al-Awsat that the UK is planning to present a draft Security Council resolution on the crisis in Yemen.

The U.N. chief's appeal came days after the Trump administration demanded a cease-fire and the launch of U.N. -led political talks to end the war between a Saudi-led coalition allied with Yemen's government and Houthi Shiite rebels backed by Iran.

"The time is now for a cessation of hostilities", Pompeo said. A Saudi-led coalition allied with the government has been fighting the Houthis since 2015. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis also called for an end to the almost four-year conflict.

"Yemen today stands on a precipice", Guterres said Friday, and "the urgency of the humanitarian crisis leaves no room for complacency".

The U.S. call comes almost a month after the slaying of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi in a Saudi Consulate in Turkey causing worldwide outrage against the Saudis.

But the Houthis, who control the capital and much of northern Yemen, have so far showed few signs of weakening in the three-year-long conflict that has become a military stalemate. The rebels pushed the internationally recognized government out of the country.

In his comments to the media, Guterres also called for an increase in foreign aid and for "food, fuel and other essentials" to be allowed to enter Yemen "without restrictions" in order to alleviate the suffering endured by the 22 million Yemenis deemed by the United Nations to be in need of humanitarian assistance.

The U.N. has made no progress in attempts to get the warring sides to negotiate a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

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