UK pushes for UN resolution to end civil war in Yemen

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Saudi Arabia intervened in Yemen in March 2015 to help Rabbo's government in its fight against Houthi rebels which captured the capital Sanaa the previous September.

In a surprise move, the U.S. last week called for a ceasefire in Yemen, or a cessation of hostilities within a minimum of 30 days, a deadline that appeared to lead to an escalation in fighting as both sides sought to strengthen their military positions.

The words signal a hardening of tone towards Saudi Arabia, which London has assisted in its more than three-and-a-half year campaign against the Houthi rebels, providing intelligence and continuing to supply Riyadh with warplanes and weapons.

The Saudi-backed Yemeni government announced later that it is willing to restart stalled peace talks with the Shiite Houthis to find solutions to end the country's years-long conflict.

Washington's appeal comes at a critical moment for Saudi Arabia, which has been under increasing pressure in the wake of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Intense fighting flared up between the Saudi-backed Yemeni government forces and the Houthi fighters in the Red Sea coast city of Hodeidah on Friday, causing an unknown number of casualties.

"Precise words to be determined but whatever achieves that end", the source said.

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The UNHCR special envoy, Angelina Jolie, also issued a statement, saying: "As an worldwide community, we have been shamefully slow to act to end the crisis in Yemen".

UN refugee agency UNHCR special envoy Angelina Jolie said the worldwide community had been "shamefully slow" and urged the UN Security Council to find a negotiated end to the war.

Pompeo also said the U.S. was embarking on a new push for peace in Yemen, where upwards of 50,000 have died since the war began in what was already the Arab world's poorest country prior to the war.

"I urge all concerned parties to seize this opportunity to engage constructively with our current efforts to swiftly resume political consultations to agree on a framework for political negotiations", he said. He is due to brief the Security Council on Nov 16.

Martin Griffiths, the United Nations special envoy for Yemen, has been pressing privately for greater United Nations involvement and is due to brief the security council in the next fortnight on his efforts to get peace talks started.

There is a "small but real chance that a cessation of hostilities could alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people", Mr Hunt said. "This must be the first priority as we seek to put in place a longer-term solution".

Mr Griffiths met a group of people from across Yemeni society in Amman, Jordan, on Sunday. It is the second such meeting following one in London in August.