UN scrambles to avert 'fierce bloody battle' for Yemen port

The UN chief said that Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths was shuttling between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi

"I hope that it will be possible to avoid a battle for Hudeida", Guterres said.

Mr Griffiths held several rounds of talks last week in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, which is held by the rebels.

The United Nations fears that a battle in Hodeidah could be devastating for the estimated 600,000 people still living in the city.

The U.N. Security Council, which was also briefed by Griffiths via video from Amman, strongly backed his efforts and Lowcock's and stressed again that "only negotiated settlement can bring the war to an end".

Turki Al-Malki, spokesman of the Coalition forces supporting legitimacy in Yemen, said that debris from the missile landed in residential areas in Jazan city without causing casualties.

Oxfam's Yemen Country Director, Mohsin Siddiquey, said aid groups were "moving very fast" to evacuate staff in Hodeidah before the imminently expected attack has a "catastrophic impact".

A Saudi-led coalition, which includes the UAE, has been in a virtual stalemate with the Houthis since a coalition offensive began in March of 2015.

United Nations humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock told reporters after briefing the Security Council behind closed doors later Monday that it's critical to prevent "a battle" for Hodeida, which is a vital link for supplying millions of Yemenis with the necessities of life.

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Locals reported convoys of vehicles speeding toward the city, and heavy gunfire was reported around the outskirts of the city. The United Nations pulled all of its worldwide staff out of Hodeidah on Monday. "Hodeidah port remains open to shipping".

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"For now yes we can [assist people]", Mohamed Abdi, NRC country director for Yemen, told The Defense Post.

"We are, at the present moment, in intense consultation", the UN's secretary general, António Guterres, told reporters.

A broader United Nations peace plan calls on the Houthis to give up their missiles in return for an end to a coalition bombing campaign and a transitional governance deal, according to a draft document and sources.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday expressed concern at the situation in Hudeida and called on all parties to "honour their commitments to working with the United Nations".

He cited the possibility that the United States could potentially do more on humanitarian relief, if asked, but said "right now we have not been asked to do more than what we're already doing".

Assistance provided by King Salman Center for Humanitarian Assistance and Relief Aid (KSRelief) as part of the comprehensive humanitarian operations in Yemen have until Monday benefited 4,791,792 Yemeni citizens, he said.

More than 10,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the war that also displaced over 3 million and pushed the impoverished country into the brink of starvation.

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