Over 150 killed in weekend violence around Yemen's Hudaida

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Umm Mizrah, a 25-year-old Yemeni mother, reveals her collarbones and emaciated ribs to be photographed February 13, 2018, at Al-Sadaqa Hospital in Aden, Yemen.

Fighting between pro-government forces and rebels raged since Thursday near the University of Hodeida and intensified Saturday and into Sunday morning, according to a source in the pro-government forces.

A spokesman for the coalition said its forces attacked the global airport in the capital, Sanaa, and a nearby air base operated by the rebels, known as Houthis. He did not elaborate.

The drone strike came one day after the Saudi-led coalition attacked the al-Dulaimi airbase in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, and its surrounding areas.

The attack targeted King Khalid air base in Khamis Mushait city in southwest the kingdom, said the rebel channel, adding the attack was "in retaliation for the Friday's Saudi-led coalition airstrikes on Sanaa International Airport in the (rebel-held) capital Sanaa". The rocket was sacked from the rebels' stronghold of Saada in northern Yemen, he said in a statement.

On Friday, AFP news agency reported that fierce battle between forces loyal to Hadi and Houthi fighters near Hodeidah resulted in the death of at least 34 rebels and six pro-government troops.

All the officials spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to brief the media.

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United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has demanded an "immediate" halt to fighting in Yemen, as he warned that the country stands on a "precipice" and could face the world's "worst famine" for decades if violence continues unabated.

The UN has called Yemen, long the poorest country in the Arab world, the largest humanitarian crisis in the world, and warned that 14 million people across the country face imminent starvation.

The United States and Britain have called for an end to the conflict, raising pressure on Saudi Arabia as it faces a global outcry over the murder of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

"First, violence must stop everywhere - with an immediate halt around critical infrastructure and densely populated areas", Guterres said, echoing a similar ceasefire call issued by the United States earlier this week.

"The time is now for a cessation of hostilities", Pompeo said. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis also called for an end to the almost four-year conflict. "Today not more than 40pc of the children throughout Yemen are being vaccinated".

The U.S. call comes almost a month after the slaying of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi in a Saudi Consulate in Turkey causing global outrage against the Saudis.

The Saudi-led coalition of Sunni Muslim nations is also wary of the spreading influence in the region of Iran's Shiite theocracy, widely said to be backing the Houthis. The rebels pushed the internationally recognized government out of the country.

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