Hodeidah's embattled civilians on a knife-edge as Security Council discusses Yemen

US must be careful not to hand Yemen to Iran

UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths told the UN Security Council on Friday that he plans to organize a meeting of the conflict-torn country's Central Bank facilitated by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) aimed at agreeing on an action plan. UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, said the Emirates supported United Nations plans to hold peace talks in Sweden by the end of the year.

"We have not yet seen any serious effort by the aggressors to find a real political solution or a real ceasefire, and these are just media propaganda and agreements between the states of aggression or the so-called quartet - Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Britain and America", he said in another tweet.

"What Yemen needs is peace", said WFP executive director David Beasley.

In a surprise move, 12 days into their offensive against the vital Yemeni aid port of Hodeidah, the Saudi-led coalition has announced an immediate, albeit temporary, pause of the advance.

Saudi Arabia initially rejected allegations regarding the country's involvement in Khashoggi's killing.

Absi does not hide his displeasure at Western pressure seeking to halt military operations in Hodeidah, a key Red Sea port city overrun by Houthi militias.

He has asked the council to support his request for a truce in and around facilities and infrastructure used for humanitarian aid; facilitate and protect the supply of food and other critical supplies across the country; help resuscitate the national economy; increase humanitarian funding; and for the parties to the conflict to support the work of the special envoy on the political front.

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Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee largely sided with the administration even as they expressed concern over the Yemen conflict, saying ending arms sales to a coalition partner would do little to end the war in Yemen. AFP news agency puts the death toll estimate at 600.

"We've had enough. It is time to start rebuilding Yemen, and Yemen will need every person in it to be rebuilt". Nearly 18 million people are considered hungry and 8.4 million severely hungry in Yemen, whose population is 29 million.

The former British diplomat said he believed it was possible to resolve the near four-year conflict between Houthi rebels, allied with Iran, and government forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition, but he warned of dire consequences if efforts fail.

After a visit to Yemen, the head of the UN World Food Programme warned that the country faces a full-blown starvation in about six months because of the economic collapse from the war.

He said he saw children who were "skin and bones" dying in hospitals that did not have the capacity to care for them.

The Houthis now rule over most of Yemen's population, while the exiled government controls a section of the south. The coalition had also carried out more than 200 air raids in the last two weeks.

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