UN Yemen envoy to invite warring parties to Geneva

A member of Yemeni pro-government forces raises his weapon in the Red Sea port town of Mokha

A member of Yemeni pro-government forces raises his weapon in the Red Sea port town of Mokha

"The airstrikes of the drone Kasif-1 hit King Khaled military base in Khamis Mushait City of Asir Province", Houthis said in a statement.

Riyadh's move followed Yemeni retaliatory attacks on the Saudi Dammam frigate off the western coast of Yemen and a coalition boat off the coast of el-Durayhmi in southern Hudaydah, which the Saudi-led coalition and their allied militants have been seeking to seize in a weeks-long military push.

"It is a very painful sight, parts of bodies are everywhere around the hospital gates", an eyewitness told Reuters, as Yemeni journalists and American activists intensified calls for the USA media to stop looking the other way while the Trump administration fuels the ongoing massacre of Yemenis with weaponry and intelligence.

During the protest, the president of the Houthi Revolutionary Committee, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, said the Yemeni army and popular committees were able to hit targets of all the member countries of the Saudi-led coalition, even if they were underground.

The Saudi-led coalition began its offensive against Yemen in March 2015 following the overthrow of the corrupt puppet regime of Ali Abdullah Saleh by Houthi rebels in 2014, leading to a political settlement that installed his protégé, Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, before the settlement collapsed and Houthis captured the capital Sanaa once again.

The UN had been trying to broker a deal to avert an attack on Hodeidah by the Saudi alliance due to fears it would further hinder Yemenis' access to food, fuel and medicine; worsening the world's most urgent humanitarian crisis.

The attacks, which were also denounced by a senior UN official, come as the United Nations has said it will invite warring sides in Yemen for talks on September 6 in Geneva to discuss a framework for peace negotiations.

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While the gap between the Houthis and the coalition has been narrowed considerably, he said, "I am concerned that Hodeida could be a flashpoint".

Meanwhile, the Houthis have offered a two-week ceasefire for the Red Sea to the Arab coalition, which, they said, could be extended and expanded if it is received favorably by the Saudis and the Emiratis.

Hodeidah port is the main conduit for supplies to Yemen, where around 8.4 million people are believed by aid workers to be on the verge of starvation.

He called for "an immediate ceasefire" and urged Yemen's warring parties to join United Nations peace efforts.

On Friday, the UN's World Health Organisation said Yemen may be on the brink of a new cholera epidemic, with greater chance of a high death rate due to widespread malnutrition.

"We welcome any initiative to spare bloodshed and stop aggression against Yemen", the official said in a statement carried by Yemen's official SABA news agency.

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