At least 8 killed in Saudi-led airstrike on Yemen's Hodeidah: Houthis

At least 8 killed in Saudi-led airstrike on Yemen's Hodeidah: Houthis

At least 8 killed in Saudi-led airstrike on Yemen's Hodeidah: Houthis

But a spokesman for the Huthis on Tuesday said the rebels were ready for "war in the streets" of rebel-held Hodeida.

Four employees in Hodeida port who requested anonymity told AFP that a rebel commander had been killed in the Monday attack.

During a visit to Riyadh and Abu Dhabi on Monday, Hunt met Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as well as leaders from the UAE and Yemen.

The United States has made a decision to halt refuelling of aircraft from the Saudi-led coalition engaged in Yemen.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has warned the destruction of the port could trigger a "catastrophic" situation in a country where 14 million people are at risk of starvation.

An informal agreement to reduce hostilities between Saudi-led coalition forces and rebels in and around Yemen's Red Sea port city of Hodeida has taken hold, military officials said Tuesday, in a move that could be a prelude to peace talks that would end the ruinous war in the poorest Arab country.

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Aid groups fear for the safety of almost 600,000 people living in Hodeida - and for millions of others dependent on its port for what little food and humanitarian aid trickle into impoverished, blockaded Yemen. Military sources confirmed that the Saudi-led alliance had targeted the rebels with multiple air strikes. "During the night we heard sporadic gunfire but then situation seems stable todat", one Hodeida resident told AFP by telephone.

"Coalition forces will now permit the United Nations to oversee a Houthi medical evacuation, including up to 50 wounded fighters, to Oman ahead of another proposed round of peace talks in Sweden later this month".

Aid groups have urged both parties in the conflict to keep roads open to allow civilians to escape and the transportation of aid through the Hodeida port.

The United States, Britain and France - three of the main arms suppliers to Saudi Arabia - have also called for an end to almost four years of conflict in Yemen, particularly in Hodeida. The Houthis, who had in the past rejected the proposal, said the coalition accepted the truce because of its heavy casualties and because it came under worldwide pressure to spare some 500,000 civilians inside the city the death and destruction that come with street-to-street fighting, which already began this week.

Britain and the United States are major suppliers of arms to Saudi Arabia, which leads a military coalition backing the Yemen government in its fight against Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

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