Yemeni pro-gov't forces advance in Houthi-controlled Hodeidah despite casualties

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The war has killed more than 10,000 people and displaced 3 million others, according to United Nations aid agencies.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday appealed for an end to the war in Yemen and laid out steps the parties in the conflict must take to move forward, warning that continued fighting would result in the country's worst starvation in a decade.

Three-quarters of Yemen's 29 million people are food insecure, 1.8 children suffer from malnutrition and 400,000 children under age 5 are in the worst stage of malnutrition - without intervention they might die.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday called for a halt to violence to pull Yemen back from the "precipice".

Cappelaere said efforts to come up with a solution in the next 30 days were "critical" to improving aid distribution and saving lives, adding that over 6,000 children have either been killed or sustained serious injuries since 2015.

A Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said Friday it attacked an airbase in the rebel-held capital Sanaa, a day after the Saudi-backed government offered to restart peace talks with the insurgents. "Subsequently", Pompeo said, "coalition airstrikes must cease in all populated areas in Yemen".

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Yemeni children are dying from starvation and disease as trucks with life-saving supplies are blocked in port, leaving medical staff and desperate mothers imploring aid workers to do more, a senior United Nations official said.

Forces loyal to the government have said coalition strikes were intensified on Thursday night on Houthi bases near the eastern entrance to the port city, which is a gateway to the capital, and in its southern part.

Hodeida port is the entry point for more than 70 per cent of imports into the impoverished country, which is teetering on the edge of starvation.

The Saudi-led coalition had not yet commented on the Houthis' statement.

Back in June, coalition forces, backed by armed militia loyal to Hadi, launched a full-scale offensive against the Houthi-held Hudaydah, which is now under a tight siege imposed by the invaders and through whose docks over 70 percent of Yemen's imports used to pass.

On Tuesday it was reported that the real death toll in Yemen was likely five times higher than the official count given.

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