Saudi warplane crashes in Yemen: Coalition

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The ground fighting in the area of the port city of Hodeida has recently increased as the coalition forces, supporting President Hadi's forces, were pushing the rebels towards the city as part of an operation to recapture it.

The Red Sea is a key shipping route for world trade that connects the Middle East to Europe via the Suez Canal.

"In a blatant violation of worldwide law, the Iranian-Houthi militia on Saturday attempted an attack by three remote-controlled drone boats, targeting a Saudi oil tanker and threatening to disrupt navigation in Bab El-Mandeb strait", Colonel Turki Al-Maliki. Samad said his movement was ready to give concessions in any political talks in order to stop the bloodshed.

Yemen, one of the Arab world's poorest countries, is embroiled in a proxy war between the Houthis, who are allied with Iran, and a USA -backed military coalition headed by Saudi Arabia.

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Saudi-led coalition air strikes on a marketplace and house in rebel-held northern Yemen have left at least 14 people dead, witnesses and a rebel-run news agency said Thursday.

The war has killed more than 10,000 Yemenis, mostly civilians, and pushed the country to the brink of mass starvation.

On Tuesday, the United Arab Emirates minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, said on Twitter the threats were another proof of "the terrorist nature of the Houthi militias", especially as Samad was meeting a U.N. delegation.

He pointed out that it is necessary and the United Nations must take the initiative to receive the port of Hodeidah from the Houthi armed group to help the Yemeni people and to maintain regional and worldwide security and stability, pointing out that the port of Hodeidah has become the starting point for acts of terrorism that threaten the navigation movement.