Pro-govt forces halt Yemen port offensive as UAE backs talks

Jeremy Hunt met King Salman during a day of shuttle diplomacy

Griffiths has said he hopes to host talks by the end of the year.

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen has agreed to allow some wounded Houthi rebels to be evacuated, following a visit to the region by British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, his office said Tuesday.

The deal comes just one day after UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt called on Saudi Arabia to end the Yemen conflict, suggesting that worldwide pressure could help lead to a settlement.

Almost three quarters of Hodeida's estimated 600,000 people have escaped since June, a figure that underscores the dire situation in the city that serves as the main entry point for food and aid, the UNHCR said.

The officials said hostilities have ceased for the second consecutive day, with both sides respecting the truce.

The truce followed advances by the coalition in their latest attempt to retake the city from the Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, with its forces now 5 kilometers (3 miles) short of the port, Yemen's traditional lifeline.

"The human cost of war in Yemen is incalculable: with millions displaced, starvation and disease rife and years of bloodshed, the only solution is now a political decision to set aside arms and pursue peace", Hunt said ahead of his trip to the Gulf.

Asked about the possibility of a ceasefire, a coalition spokesman told reporters in Riyadh that "the operation is still ongoing", adding that it was meant to pressure the rebels to come to the negotiating table.

The port's deputy director, Yahya Sharafeddine, said the main entrance to the docks had been hit but was fully functioning.

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The Houthis accused the coalition, via their al-Massirah TV channel, of conducting two air strikes that targeted the eastern entrance to the port.

But four other port employees told AFP on condition of anonymity that a rebel commander, along with three of his guards, had been killed in Monday's bombing.

Residents reported Tuesday that the fighting had slowed overnight, and rebel media - which regularly claims attacks on loyalists - did not report any new fighting.

The visit comes as the kingdom faces a torrent of global criticism over the murder of Saudi insider-turned-critic Khashoggi in its consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis on Saturday confirmed his country had halted its controversial aerial refuelling support for coalition aircraft involved in the war.

World Food programme (WFP) executive director David Beasley arrived in Yemen on Sunday to assess food security in the impoverished Arab country that has been pushed to the brink of starvation by more than three years of war.

The alliance accuses Iran of smuggling arms to the Houthis through Hodeida Port. Tehran denies the charges.

He was in the region to boost support for United Nations efforts to end the almost four-year conflict in Yemen, and to press the gulf kingdom over the murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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