Saudi Arabia says Yemen rebel fire kills 3 in kingdom

Around 70 per cent of Yemen's imports, including the vast majority of its food, comes through Hodeidah and the port is described as the country's "lifeline".

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

"We expect all parties to honor their commitments to work with the UN Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary General for Yemen on this issue, support a political process to resolve this conflict, ensure humanitarian access to the Yemeni people, and map a stable political future for Yemen".

The UN and aid agencies have pleaded with the Saudi-led force against an attack on Hodeida, warning that it could lead to mass civilian casualties and starvation.

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Saudi air defenses on Sunday intercepted a ballistic missile over the southern city of Jazan after being fired from rebel-held territory in neighboring Yemen, a Saudi-led military coalition said.

The group, known by its French acronym MSF, has temporarily frozen its activities in the area, "until we guarantee the safety of our staff and patients", said João Martins, MSF's head of mission in Yemen tweeted. "These senseless actions of the terrorist Iranian-Houthi militia fall under hostile acts against civilians", Malki said.

The conflict in Yemen has left almost 10,000 people dead in what was already the Arab world's poorest country. It has damaged Yemen's infrastructure, crippled its health system and pushed the Arab world's poorest country to the brink of starvation.

More than 22 million people are now in serious need of aid, with 8.4 million on the brink of starvation, the United Nations has said. Malnutrition, cholera and other diseases have killed or sickened thousands of civilians over the years.