The United Nations Security Council urged the warring parties in Yemen on Thursday to reach a UN brokered deal on management of the strategic port and city of Hodeidah and resumption of government salary payments as the country slides closer to famine.
The United Nations has warned a Saudi Arabia-led Arab coalition fighting Iran-aligned Houthis against any attempt to extend the war to Hodeidah, a vital Red Sea aid delivery point where some 80 percent of Yemen's food imports arrive.
The coalition has accused the Houthis of using the port to smuggle in weapons and ammunition and has called for UN.monitors to be posted there. The Houthi movement denies the allegations.
Five cranes have been destroyed by coalition air strikes, forcing dozens of ships to line up offshore because they cannot be unloaded.