The Yemen war, a "hell on earth" for children

A scene at the Misk Art festival in Riyadh

The regional chief of the United Nations children s agency said Saturday that Yemeni authorities are making it hard to deliver much-needed humanitarian aid and warned that impeding relief efforts could plunge the country into starvation.

CAIRO, Nov 2 - The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen attacked an airbase near Yemen's Sanaa International Airport used to launch drones, and ballistic missile launch sites near the country's capital, the coalition spokesman told al-Ekhbaria TV early on Thursday.

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Friday that Yemen is teetering "on a precipice", appealing to the global community to put an end to the Saudi war on the impoverished nation.

Fighting has escalated around Yemen's key port city of Hodeida, with more than 150 combatants killed over the weekend from both the rebel and government-backed sides, officials said Sunday.

The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) warned that more than seven million children are facing a serious threat of starvation in Yemen.

The Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015 to push back the Houthis and return President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi to power. He also said airstrikes by the Arab coalition, backed by the USA, "must cease in all populated areas in Yemen".

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The Houthis had taken further steps in October to hinder the movement of several tribal leaders and pressure them to provide the militias with more fighters, according to sources.

The impoverished Arab country has been locked into a civil war since the Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels overran much of the country militarily and seized all northern provinces, including the capital Sanaa, in 2014.

Clashes broke out in a strategic Yemeni port city and airstrikes pummeled the country's capital Friday, as the US -backed Saudi-led coalition launched a fresh offensive in the Middle East's poorest country, two days after an American call for a cease-fire.

According to the United Nations, at least 10,000 people have been killed since the coalition entered the conflict.

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

Yemeni government officials said Tuesday that the coalition had sent more than 10,000 new troops towards the battleground city.

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