Yemen Teetering on Precipice: UN Chief

Saudi-Led Coalition Says It Attacked Airbase, Missile Sites in Sanaa Airport

A spokesman for the coalition said its forces attacked the worldwide airport in the capital, Sanaa, and a nearby air base operated by the rebels, known as Houthis.

Dozens of Yemeni rebels have been killed in battles and air strikes in Hodeida, medics said on Sunday (Nov 4), as pro-government forces advanced in the insurgent-held Red Sea port city.

The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) warned that more than seven million children are facing a serious threat of starvation in Yemen.

The US and United Nations have called for a ceasefire and proposed to convene peace talks in Sweden to end Yemen's three-and-half years war.

Yemeni President Abdurbo Mansour Hadi said the ongoing military operations in the northern province of Saada will continue until the capital Sana'a is liberated from the Houthi militia, Saudi state-news agency SPA reported.

Earlier in the day, Guterres had called for a halt to violence in Yemen to pull the country back from a "precipice" and build momentum toward talks on ending the war.

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The conflict has caused almost 10,000 deaths, mostly civilians, and caused the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. "Subsequently", Pompeo said, "coalition airstrikes must cease in all populated areas in Yemen". He is preparing to visit Taiz, Yemen's third largest city and a flashpoint since the Houthis drove the government out of Sanaa in 2014, according to sources close to the United Nations talks.

Geert Cappelaere told The Associated Press in an interview from Yemen that recent US calls for a cease-fire are imperative to ending the almost four-year war, which pits a Saudi-led coalition against Iran-aligned rebels known as Houthis.

Later on Wednesday, Yemeni security and medical officials said an airstrike by a Saudi-led coalition killed five civilians and wounded eight more just south of Hodeida.

The Saudi-led coalition had not yet commented on the Houthis' statement. The rebels were using the air base to launch attacks on the kingdom with drones and missiles, the spokesman, Col.

Despite a high-profile modernisation drive aimed at improving Saudi Arabia's image and attracting foreign investment, rights groups have detailed a crackdown on activists, increase in executions and discrimination against the Shiite minority.

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