Saudi-led coalition is to pay five billion dollar for Israel for taking part in an imminent attack led by the coalition on Yemen'sRed Sea port city of Hodeidah, officials familiar with the issue said on Monday.
Previous U.N. efforts have failed to end the country's conflict, which has triggered the world's most urgent humanitarian crisis in the impoverished Arab state, the United Nations has said.
If the Saudi-led coalition capture Hudeida, it would effectively be in control of Yemen's most vital lifeline and the main gateway for imports of relief supplies and commercial goods - Hudeida is the point of entry for some 70 percent of Yemen's imports.
The United Nations warned Friday that a military attack or siege on Hodeida would affect hundreds of thousands of civilians.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said there were "intense negotiations" by Griffiths with Yemen's rebel Houthis, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to find a "way to avoid the military confrontation in Hodeida".
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Griffiths, who briefed the council by video conference from Amman, has revived a year-old plan to turn over Hodeida port to a neutral party, diplomats said. "I hope that it will be possible to avoid a battle for Hudeida", Guterres said.
The ongoing violence has devastated Yemen's infrastructure, including water and sanitation systems, prompting the United Nations to describe the situation as one of "the worst humanitarian disasters in modern times".
Following the closed-door meeting, Russian UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia, who is council president this month, called for de-escalation and said the top UN body would be "closely" following developments.
"Seven million people are completely reliant every month on food and other assistance from humanitarian organizations so Hodeidah is absolutely central to the preserving of life and if for any period, Hodeidah were not to operate effectively, the consequences in humanitarian terms would be catastrophic", said UN Humanitarian Chief Mark Lowcock at a press briefing Monday. He said that the Saudi forces spotted at around 8.09 p.m. Sunday the launch of the Iran-backed militia from Saada province of Yemen and was deliberately targeting populated areas. It has damaged Yemen's infrastructure, crippled its health system and pushed the Arab world's poorest country to the brink of starvation.
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