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United Nations seeks urgent ceasefire to stop UAE assault on Yemeni port

United Nations seeks urgent ceasefire to stop UAE assault on Yemeni port

The UAE has vowed it will take the port saying it is being used by Houthi rebels to smuggle in arms including missiles used to attack Saudi Arabia itself.

"We are, at the present moment, in intense consultation", Guterres told reporters on Monday.

He said the UN's Yemen envoy, Martin Griffiths, was shuttling between the capital of Yemen Sanaa and also the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Mr Griffiths held several rounds of talks last week in Sanaa without being able to convince the Houthis to hand control over of the Al Hodeidah port to UN-supervised global forces.

The UN has warned the Saudi-led coalition that a military attack or siege on the city, long a target in the war, could lead to the displacement of 250,000 people.

Aid agencies say it is the city's location on the Red Sea that makes it such a strategic prize.

The Saudi-led coalition faces widespread worldwide criticism for its airstrikes in Yemen that kill civilians.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres met with Yemen's foreign minister at UN headquarters amid warnings that an attack on Al Hodeidah was imminent.

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Eid al-Fitr is a religious holiday to celebrate the end of the Islamic holy month of fasting, Ramadan . President Ghani had also hoped that the Taliban group would observe the ceasefire.

"While the United Nations and other humanitarian agencies are reconfiguring their presence it's also our planned intention though to stay and deliver".

UAE forces are poised to attack the port of Hodeidah as early as Tuesday as part of their campaign with Saudi Arabia to defeat the Houthi rebels who have seized much of north Yemen.

Heavy fighting in Yemen between pro-government forces and Shia rebels has killed more than 600 people on both sides in recent days, security officials said Monday. The United States is also providing support to the coalition, including air-to-air refuelling and intelligence sharing.

"I have spoken with Emirati leaders and made clear our desire to address their security concerns while preserving the free flow of humanitarian aid and life-saving commercial imports", he said.

The three-year stalemated war has killed more than 10,000 people and displaced more than three million.

By late today, key lawmakers had begun losing faith in U.S. efforts to convince Saudi and UAE military officials to stop the assault, after The Wall Street Journal reported that the UN's shuttle diplomacy failed to move UAE officials and that the Donald Trump administration had given the operation "a blinking yellow light".

An alarming 22.2 million people in Yemen - the Arab world's poorest country - need some kind of humanitarian or protection assistance, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).


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