Civilians Killed in Houthi Shelling of Saudi Arabia’s Jazan

Malki, quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency, did not identify the type of "projectile" but said it was "launched deliberately to target civilians" and warned of retaliation.

All signs early on Tuesday pointed to an imminent offensive on Yemen's coastal city of Al Hodeidah, led by the national Yemeni forces and with support from the Arab coalition to end the Houthi militia control over the city. Once envisioned as an Emirati-led amphibious assault needing advanced U.S. boats to navigate Red Sea minefields laid by Iran, the 45,000-strong force of Yemeni troops has instead moved along the coast in a two-month offensive to reach Hodeidah with refueling support from new helicopter bases.

Mr Guterres said his envoy Martin Griffiths was locked in "intense negotiations" with Yemen's rebel Houthis, Saudi Arabia and the UAE to find a "way to avoid the military confrontation in Al Hodeidah".

Tensions have risen in recent months between Yemen's internationally recognised government and the United Arab Emirates. "We left it in his hands for the time being", Nebenzia told reporters.

Pompeo said the United States is "closely following developments" in Hodeida, home to 600,000 people and the point of entry of 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".

The Western diplomat said there were "a couple of last ditch attempts" to try to see whether there were any options to de-escalate, including a plan to "see some sort of a temporary ceasefire", but that would involve the Houthis putting their weapons down or potentially even moving out of the port.

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The UN considers Yemen to be the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with more than 22.2 million people in need of assistance.

He also announced that humanitarian shipment permits were being granted regularly, and that humanitarian aid has been flowing continuously into all parts of Yemen.

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 Hodeida.

The United Nations mobilized Monday to avert a "fierce, bloody battle" for a key port in Yemen that provides a lifeline for food, medicine and other vital supplies. This incident took place on Friday.

"'We are concerned that in the midst of a Senate effort to exercise its constitutional authority to end unauthorized hostilities - including USA targeting and refueling assistance for Saudi-led airstrikes against Yemen's Houthis - the Pentagon may have concealed key information from members of Congress regarding the full extent of on-the-ground USA military participation in the Saudi coalition-led war", the letter adds.

The three-year stalemated war has killed more than 10,000 people and displaced more than 3 million. It has damaged Yemen's infrastructure, crippled its health system and pushed the Arab world's poorest country to the brink of starvation.

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