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.
He said during a telephone call with Yemeni military commander Abdulkarim al-Sadey that the Houthis will be defeated in the Maran region, adding that victory was near.
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.
Addressing reporters at the world body's headquarters in NY on Friday, the secretary-general said the warring parties must seize on the "opportunity for peace" presented by UN-brokered talks scheduled to be held in Sweden later this month. He said the situation in Yemen now to his last visit in 2017 is deteriorating, adding that "the war is taking hostage millions of Yemenis who can't afford basic needs".
A previous attempt to take the city in June ran into difficulties and was halted ahead of United Nations -led peace consultations in Geneva which collapsed in September after the Houthis failed to show up. "Subsequently, coalition air strikes must cease in all populated areas in", Pompeo said in a statement. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis also called for an end to the almost four-year conflict.
The Giants Brigade's media center stated that they were able to liberate a major roundabout that is located between the al-Khamseen road and the strategic Kilo 16 area, which is considered a key location in Hodeidah.
The official spokesman of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen, Colonel Turki Al-Malki, stated that the coalition forces conducted a targeted operation of legitimate military targets in Al Dailami airbase.
Without resolution to ongoing conflict, Yemen could face world's "worst famine" for decades, Antonio Guterres says.
The Saudi-led war has also taken a heavy toll on the country's infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN has already said that a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in dire need of food, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger.