Saudi-led coalition struck airbase at an worldwide airport in Yemen

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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.

"Yemen today stands on a precipice".

He visited the Red Sea port city of Hodeida and the rebel-held capital, Sanaa, over the past two days as clashes and airstrikes intensified.

On Thursday, Yemen's internationally recognised government said it was ready to re-start peace talks with the Houthis after recent efforts to meet ended in failure.

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"The operation targeted ballistic missile launch-and-storage sites, UAV [unmanned aerial vehicle] ground stations, bomb-making facilities and affiliated logistical-support sites at Sanaa's Al-Dailami Airbase", the SPA quoted coalition spokesman Turki al-Malki as saying, as reported by Anadolu Agency (AA). Without action, up to 14 million people - half of Yemen's population - could be at risk in the coming months, up from 8 million who are now facing starvation, said Guterres. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis also called for an end to the almost four-year conflict.

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

Pompeo also said the USA was also embarking on a new push for peace in Yemen, where as many as 50,000 have died and the country has been plunged into a major humanitarian crisis.

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is one of the worst in the world, with three quarters of the population requiring some form of life-saving assistance and protection, according to the United Nations Population Fund.

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The united Nations Fund for children (Unicef) urged on Sunday the conflicting parties in Yemen to stop fighting, believing that the country had become a "hell on earth" for children, hit by starvation.

The alliance, which relies on Western arms and intelligence, faces a challenge to seize the heavily-defended city without causing heavy casualties at time of increasing global scrutiny over the war that has killed more than 10,000 people.

The U.N. has made no progress in attempts to get the warring sides to negotiate a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

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