Rebel-held Yemen base hit by Coalition

The conflict has caused almost 10,000 deaths, mostly civilians, and caused the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.

In March 2015, the Saudi-led coalition unleased a full-scale military campaign against Iran-allied Houthi rebels who had captured most of Yemen including the capital, Sanaa, a few months earlier.

Al Masirah TV, which is controlled by the Houthis, said more than 30 air strikes targeted the base and surrounding areas.

The secretary-general of the united Nations, Antonio Guterres had also called Friday to the end of the "violence" in order to avoid that the country does not fall into a "precipice".

The agency warned Thursday that the looming starvation in war-torn Yemen could put 2 million mothers at risk of death.

Geert Cappelaere, regional director for the Middle East and North Africa at United Nations children's agency Unicef, called on the warring parties to join proposed peace talks later this month and agree to a ceasefire.

Yemeni forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition inched closer to the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah on Sunday as they battled Iranian-aligned Houthi fighters entrenched there, local military sources and residents said on Sunday. "Subsequently", Pompeo said, "coalition airstrikes must cease in all populated areas in Yemen".

The ongoing fighting between the two warring rivals, along with daily Saudi-led airstrikes, left scores of casualties.

The coalition has deployed thousands of troops to retake Hodeidah, a vital entry point for imports and a lifeline for millions of Yemenis after more than three years of war.

Geert Cappelaere, Middle East director for the UN Children's Fund (Unicef), described "heart-breaking" scenes of emaciated children in hospitals in the port city of Hodeidah and capital Sanaa, both held by Houthi rebels.

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.

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.

Other rights groups estimate the toll could be five times higher.

  • Tracy Klein