UN humanitarian chief “very alarmed” by Houthi rebel advance on Yemen government’s last northern stronghold, says an assault on Marib could endanger millions of civilians.
Earlier this month, the Houthi rebels resumed an offensive to seize Marib city in an effort to gain leverage before entering into any negotiations with Yemen's internationally recognised government.
UN agencies say 2.3 million small children in war-torn Yemen are estimated to starve this year.
The attack comes a day after several drones attacked the Abha international airport in Saudi Arabia's southwest, prompting Washington to call for an end to Houthi aggression.
The State Department has formally notified Congress of its move.
After multiple attempts at procuring the Israeli missile defense system, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries may benefit from the Iron Dome battery by way of its United States ally.
Based on initial reports, at least 26 people have been killed in the airport attack. A blast was also heard near Aden’s presidential palace, to where the government members were taken after the attack.
Southern separatists say they withdrew from talks over a Saudi-sponsored power-sharing deal with the government due to ongoing military escalation in flashpoint province of Abyan.
Thousands of people have been killed since Riyadh started a relentless campaign of air attacks against the Houthi rebels in Yemen.
Houthis' health minister said the government had been transparent about the number of confirmed cases and those who have recovered.
Conflicting accounts of the killing of General Abdulaziz al-Faghem and an irregular confirmation of his death by official sources have led to a rise in speculation that foul play was involved, or at worst a coup within the House of Saud.
Earlier, the rebels announced they would release 350 prisoners, including three Saudi Arabians, under UN's supervision as part of peace initiative.
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