Houthi Leader Urges UN Chief to Help End Saudi War on Yemen

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"Yemen today stands on a precipice".

His press conference came amid a British plan to draft a Security Council resolution with the support of the USA and France to deal with the humanitarian situation in Yemen and to back dialogue in hopes of reaching a political settlement.

Cappelaere said he can't bring the best nutrition experts to the country because of delays in granting visas and that aid agencies face bureaucratic impediments the delay the import of supplies.

The Saudi-led coalition backing the exiled government accuses the Houthis of acting as Iran's proxy.

Since the onset of the imposed war, the Yemeni army, backed by fighters of the country's popular Houthi Ansarullah movement, has been defending the impoverished nation against the brutal aggression.

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"My objective is to appeal to the parties to the conflict to understand that there is an opportunity that must be seized, and to say that the humanitarian situation is so dire that if that doesn't happen" the world will have to deal with a starvation in Yemen next year, he said.

Yemen's defenseless people have been under massive attacks by the coalition for more than three-and-a-half years but Riyadh has reached none of its objectives in Yemen so far.

The coalition had massed thousands of troops near the city on Wednesday, in a move to pressure the Houthis to return to UN-sponsored peace talks.

The only response at all from their camp was from Yemeni officials backed by the Saudis, who embraced the idea of peace talks, but similarly showed no signs of stopping fighting in the meantime.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that the so-called Saudi-led coalition "airstrikes must cease in all populated areas in Yemen". U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis called for a halt to hostilities within 30 days.

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In his comments to the media, Guterres also called for an increase in foreign aid and for "food, fuel and other essentials" to be allowed to enter Yemen "without restrictions" in order to alleviate the suffering endured by the 22 million Yemenis deemed by the United Nations to be in need of humanitarian assistance.

Back in June, the Saudi-led coalition launched the Hudaydah offensive despite global warnings that it would compound the war-torn nation's humanitarian crisis.

The developments are part of a military operation launched to liberate the strategic Hodeidah port from the militia.

"We must do all we can to maximize the chances for success", Guterres said.

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