Battles rock Yemen port city as UN warns of 'living hell'

Saudi-Led Coalition Says It Attacked Airbase, Missile Sites in Sanaa Airport

According to the World Health Organization, almost 10,000 people have since been killed.

Leading a coalition of its allies, including the United Arab Emirates and Sudan, Saudi Arabia invaded Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall Yemen's former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who resigned amid popular discontent and fled to the Arab kingdom.

On Friday, the coalition warplanes launched more than 30 airstrikes on the rebel military sites in and around Sanaa airport and adjoining al-Daylami air base, according to both the coalition and the rebels' statements.

The offer followed a surprise call by the United States for an end to the Yemen war, including air strikes by the coalition.

Three-quarters of Yemen's 29 million people are food insecure, 1.8 children suffer from malnutrition and 400,000 children under age 5 are in the worst stage of malnutrition - without intervention they might die.

Addressing reporters at the world body's headquarters in NY on Friday, the secretary-general said the warring parties must seize on the "opportunity for peace" presented by UN-brokered talks scheduled to be held in Sweden later this month.

"Fierce battles between forces backed by Saudi-led coalition and the #Houthis have been going on for hours in the southern and eastern outlets of the Red Sea port city of #Hodiedah, with huge blasts being heard and airstrikes", Yemeni journalist Mohammed al-Qadhi wrote in a tweet Friday morning.

The official spokesman of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen, Colonel Turki Al-Malki, stated that the coalition forces conducted a targeted operation of legitimate military targets in Al Dailami airbase.

According to a new report by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project, a nonprofit conflict-research organization, the Saudi-led war has so far claimed the lives of around 56,000 Yemenis.

The coalition has deployed thousands of troops to retake Hodeidah, a vital entry point for imports and a lifeline for millions of Yemenis after more than three years of war.

Yemen has been wracked by conflict since 2014, when Shiite Houthi rebels overran much of the country.

On Tuesday it was reported that the real death toll in Yemen was likely five times higher than the official count given.

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