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.
Turki al-Malki, a spokesman for the coalition, said in TV comments that no flights or global aid efforts at the airport were affected by the airstrikes targeting the al-Dulaimi Air Base in Sanaa.
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Yemen is teetering "on a precipice", appealing to the global community to put an end to the Saudi war on the impoverished nation, more than three-and-a-half years after the regime and a number of its allies invaded the peninsular country.
Dozens of Yemeni rebels have been killed in battles and air strikes in Hodeida, medics said on Sunday (Nov 4), as pro-government forces advanced in the insurgent-held Red Sea port city.
The U.S. has sold billions of dollars' worth of arms to Saudi Arabia and provides logistical and other support to the coalition, while the coalition, which backs the exiled government, accuses the Houthis of acting as Iran's proxy.
The airstrikes in Sanaa came days after a US call for an urgent halt to the Saudi-Iran proxy war in Yemen and the start of negotiations in November toward a political settlement of the conflict.
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The war has killed more than 10,000 people and displaced 3 million others, according to United Nations aid agencies.
The UN says about 14 million people, or half Yemen's population, could soon be on the brink of starvation in a man-made disaster.
The UN children's fund (UNICEF) warned an assault on Hodeida city would jeopardise the lives of Yemenis across the country who depend on its port for humanitarian aid.
The port is the entry point for more than 70% of imports into the impoverished country.
Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) said that at least 56,000 people have died in the Yemen war, a figure much higher than the 10,000 figure given by most news agencies. The rebels reportedly struck the base with the Qasef-1 drone.
Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened in the war in 2015 to bolster Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi after the rebels took over the capital Sanaa and drove the government further south to Aden.