USA urges United Nations cooperation as fighting flares in Yemen

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The ongoing violence has devastated Yemen's infrastructure, including water and sanitation systems, prompting the United Nations to describe the situation as one of "the worst humanitarian disasters in modern times".

More than 22 million people in Yemen are in need of aid - 8.4 million of whom are on the brink of starvation, according to the United Nations which considers Yemen to be the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

The UN's Yemen mediator, Martin Griffiths, has been holding talks with the Houthis to hand over control of the port to the United Nations, Yemeni political sources have said.

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.

Iran-backed Huthi rebels have in recent months ramped up missile attacks against neighbouring Saudi Arabia, which leads a military coalition that has fought the insurgents since 2015.

Wam quoted the governor of Al Hodeidah, Al Hassan Ali Taher, as saying: "Intensified preparations are under way, including [the movement] of heavy artillery and troops to push Houthis out of the city".

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Hodeidah is a vital lifeline for the delivery of humanitarian supplies to the Houthi-controlled northern provinces, including the country's capital Sanaa.

Previous UN efforts have failed to end the war. Though the USA government has rhetorically opposed an offensive, the administration appears to be washing its hands of the UAE's actions and will do nothing to intervene.

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.

He said in a statement that he had spoken with leaders of the United Arab Emirates and "made clear our desire to address their security concerns while preserving the free flow of humanitarian aid and life-saving commercial imports".

"This offensive represents a huge escalation in the conflict. a lot of it depends on how Hodeidah falls".

"This is something that could be extremely high-risk and could cause a lot of humanitarian disruption. there's a reason why you're seeing so much opposition in some quarters".

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