Houthi missile, UAV launching pads in Al-Dailami Airbase destroyed

Cheryl Sanders
November 4, 2018

Nebenzia said there has been talk in the council about supporting the peace process.

"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).

Meanwhile, fighting in the Hodeida province has intensified in the past days, security officials said.

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Yemen is teetering "on a precipice", appealing to the worldwide community to put an end to the Saudi war on the impoverished nation, more than three-and-a-half years after the regime and a number of its allies invaded the peninsular country.

Geert Cappelaere told The Associated Press in an interview from Yemen that recent US calls for a cease-fire are imperative to ending the almost four-year war, which pits a Saudi-led coalition against Iran-aligned rebels known as Houthis.

Earlier this week, Defense Secretary James Mattis called for an immediate ceasefire in Yemen. As to whether this is the right time, he said: "Possibly". The port is a key entry point for food and humanitarian aid, but the coalition says the Houthis also use it to import weapons. The U.S. has made a call to end the war, but there was no reference to the future of its arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened in the war in 2015 to bolster Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi after the rebels took over the capital Sanaa and drove the government further south to Aden.

An estimated 10,000 people have been killed. He said the situation in Yemen now to his last visit in 2017 is deteriorating, adding that "the war is taking hostage millions of Yemenis who can't afford basic needs".

United Nations humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock warned last week that "there is a clear and present danger of an imminent and great big starvation engulfing Yemen" that could affect 14 million people - half of the country's population.

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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