Saudi-Led Coalition Agrees to Evacuate Injured Houthis From Yemen - UK Office

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The United States, Britain and France - three of the main arms suppliers to Saudi Arabia - have also called for an end to almost four years of conflict, particularly in the Red Sea city of Hodeida.

The port of Hodeida is the entry point for more than three-quarters of imports and worldwide humanitarian aid to Yemen, a country on the brink of starvation.

The Hodeida campaign has sparked fears of a new humanitarian crisis in war-hit, impoverished Yemen, where 14 million people face mass starvation.

The UN is pushing for yet another round of negotiations by the end of the year, a move publicly supported by the UAE.

The US, Britain and France are leading the calls to halt hostilities in Yemen, where the US has for years provided military support to and shared intelligence with Saudi Arabia (which, in turn, has landed on a United Nations blacklist for the maiming and killing of children in air raids).

Yemeni pro-government forces gather at a checkpoint in a street on the eastern outskirts of Hodeida as they continue to battle for the control of the city from Huthi rebels.

Western powers now "have real leverage", Beckerle said, "but that requires the US, UK and France actually show the coalition they are serious".

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During a visit to Riyadh and Abu Dhabi on Monday, Hunt met Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as well as leaders from the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

The workers said the Huthis had planted explosives near two of the port's gates, one that leads to Jizan Road, a main street in the city's north, and the other near the Alsanabel flour mill company.

Saudi-led coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki had no immediate confirmation of the strikes but told AFP he would check.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that the destruction of the Yemeni port of Hodeidah, a vital lifeline for millions of starving civilians, could trigger a "catastrophic" situation.

"The coalition sees military pressure as key to ensuring the Huthis come to the table and are ready to compromise", said Dickinson. Critics of the Saudi campaign have always been questioning U.S. involvement in the war, in which more than 10,000 people have been killed, over 2 million displaced and has spread starvation in Yemen since it began in 2015.

The rebels have begun to evacuate their wounded to Sanaa, the capital, which the Houthis seized during a 2014 takeover that included a string of ports on Yemen's coastline.

The ongoing fighting left almost 600 people killed in Hodeidah from both warring parties during weeks of ferocious fighting and intensified airstrikes launched by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition.