Over 150 killed in weekend violence around Yemen's Hudaida

Saudi-Led Coalition Says It Attacked Airbase, Missile Sites in Sanaa Airport

The fresh military escalation came ahead of a new UN-brokered round of peace talks proposed to be held within a month as Yemeni rival forces also clashed in the country's western main port city of Hodeidah.

The bloodshed comes despite growing worldwide pressure to end a years-long conflict that has killed thousands and pushed the impoverished Arabian Peninsula nation to the brink of starvation.

This manager had said on Thursday AFP that 1.8 million children under the age of five years, were in a situation of "acute malnutrition".

They said forces backed by airstrikes from the Saudi-led coalition have been trying to retake the port city of Hodeida, the main entry point for food in a country teetering on the brink of starvation.

Yemen's Houthi rebels said they launched a drone air attack on a royal Saudi air force base in the Saudi southern border province on Saturday, rebel-run Al-Masirah TV reported.

Loyalist forces lost 13 men, other medical sources said in Aden and Mokha, government-controlled cities where dead bodies were transported.

Friday in Yemen was much like any other, with Saudi warplanes pounding areas in and around the northern cities of Hodeidah and Sanaa.

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The three-judge panel upheld the blasphemy law itself, saying it was consistent with verses from Islam's holy book, the Qur'an. The judges said the prosecution had "categorically failed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt".

Riyadh in September slammed a critical United Nations rights mission report on Yemen as inaccurate in a move Human Rights Watch said was aimed at shutting down investigations. Without action, up to 14 million people - half of Yemen's population - could be at risk in the coming months, up from 8 million who are now facing starvation, said Guterres.

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Friday that Yemen is teetering "on a precipice", appealing to the worldwide community to put an end to the Saudi war on the impoverished nation. The coalition has waged an extensive air campaign, causing thousands of deaths.

Almost 10,000 civilians have been killed in the conflict so far, according to the World Health Organisation.

Earlier in the day, Guterres had called for a halt to violence in Yemen to pull the country back from a "precipice" and build momentum toward talks on ending the war.

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie, a special envoy for the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), appealed for an immediate ceasefire.

"The only way to enable refugees to return home, and to bring down the overall numbers worldwide, is to end conflicts themselves". The Saudi-led coalition backing the exiled government accuses the Houthis of acting as Iran's proxy.

The coalition sent reinforcements to the west coast on Tuesday for a new assault on Hodeida - a strategic port on the Red Sea - according to Yemeni military officials.

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