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Britain pushes for UN Security Council action on Yemen crisis

Britain pushes for UN Security Council action on Yemen crisis

The bloodshed comes despite growing global pressure to end a years-long conflict that has left thousands dead.

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. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

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 Foreign Secretary's renewed call to support an end to Yemen's conflict followed a meeting with UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths, who has been trying to advance peace talks in the neglected conflict.

"An end to the conflict is. a much-needed step but it needs to be complemented with investment and governance of this country that puts the interest of the people at the center and the interest of the children at the core of politics", Cappelaere said. Some rights groups estimate the toll could be five times higher.

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Almost three quarters of the country's imports flow through Hodeida, from where they are transported by land to areas further north.

According to a pro-government military source, clashes intensified in Hodeida city and centred around its university on Saturday and Sunday morning.

A pro-government medical source said that mortar shells landed on residential areas and caused casualties among citizens.

The Houthi-affiliated Masirah television station reported that more than 60 airstrikes were launched by the Saudi-led coalition against the Kilo16 area and other surrounding areas in Hodeidah during the past hours.

Yemen's internationally recognised government On Thursday welcomed a call from the U.S. for peace in the conflict-torn country, state-run news agency Saba said.

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Britain is pushing for a new United Nations resolution to end the civil war in Yemen, saying there appears for the first time to be a chance to find a political solution to the crisis.

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

The coalition halted a previous attempt to take the city in June, to allow space for UN-led peace consultations in Geneva.

The Yemeni government is seeking to expel Houthi rebels out of the strategic city of Hodeidah in recent days despite warnings by global humanitarian agencies.

Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened in the war in the following year to bolster Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi whose government fled to the southern city of Aden.

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