Saudi Arabia intercepts missile fired at border city Jazan

Lester Mason
June 14, 2018

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to brief media.

The coalition backing Yemen government troops has been closing in on Hodeida after accusing Houthi rebels of smuggling weapons through the port.

The United Nations is racing to avoid an imminent offensive on a major Yemeni port city considered a lifeline for the country's war-ravaged population.

He said "90 percent of food, fuel and medicines in Yemen are imported" - and 70 percent come through Hodeida, including desperately needed humanitarian aid for over 7 million people.

"It's also our plan and intention to stay and deliver", Lowcock said.

And while the United Nations continues its diplomatic efforts, they also appear to be preparing to fail, saying they believe an attack by UAE forces on Hodeidah is imminent. "We are working with very largely numbers of Yemeni organizations and individuals".

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday called on all parties "to honor their commitments to work with the U.N".


The United Nations relocated members of its worldwide staff from Hodeidah on Monday.

Following the closed-door meeting, Russian UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia, who is council president this month, called for de-escalation and said the top UN body would be "closely" following developments.

Debris from the missile landed in residential areas of Jizan without causing casualties, the coalition said in a statement released by the official Saudi Press Agency. Coalition warplanes and warships launched strikes targeting the Houthis, they added.

Maintaining open corridors for the aid and avoiding a humanitarian crisis in a city inhabited by half a million people is the priority for Washington, he said.

The conflict has left almost 10,000 people dead in Yemen, already the Arab world's poorest country.

Assistance provided by King Salman Center for Humanitarian Assistance and Relief Aid (KSRelief) as part of the comprehensive humanitarian operations in Yemen have until Monday benefited 4,791,792 Yemeni citizens, he said.

Save the Children said on Sunday that it continued to treat "tens of thousands of children in Hodeidah for acute malnutrition, and diseases like diphtheria and malaria".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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