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Fighting continues in Aden as United Nations calls for dialogue

11 August 2019

The Saudi-backed government has accused the separatist leaders of fomenting sedition and called on the separatists to ignore the calls to battle of their leaders. The United Nations is trying to de-escalate tensions to pave the way for wider political talks to end a war that has killed tens of thousands and pushed Yemen to the brink of starvation.

Yemen's stalemated war between the Iran-aligned Houthis and the Saudi-backed government has claimed tens of thousands of lives, thrust millions to the brink of starvation and spawned the world's most devastating humanitarian crisis. The fighting has trapped civilians in their homes with dwindling water supplies.

The sources, requesting not to be named, told Lebanon-based Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television news network that Yemeni security forces had managed to capture 80 percent of the members of the cell, adding that they are undergoing an in-depth investigation.

The alliance said the ceasefire would come into force at 1am on Monday and urged all sides to "retreat from the locations they have seized during the past few days without damaging public and private properties".

Security officials said most of the authorities in Hadi's government, including Interior Minister Ahmed Maisari and top military officials, turned themselves over to coalition forces to avoid being captured or killed by separatists.

The STC threatened "to seize the presidential palace and expel all the members of the Saudi-backed Yemeni government who are linked to Muslim Brotherhood parties".

On Wednesday, the UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths expressed deep concerns over a military escalation in Aden and called on the parties involved to abandon violence and engage in the dialogue to resolve differences.

The Huthis claimed responsibility for the parade attack that killed a senior southern commander.

The U.N.is trying to implement a stalled peace deal in the main port city of Hodeidah, further to the north, to pave the way for wider political negotiations to end the war.

The Huthis have also stepped up cross-border missile and drone strikes on Saudi Arabia.

The palace had been handed to forces from the Saudi-led coalition earlier Saturday, the officials said.

In addition, air traffic centers have indicated the diversion of the Taif-Abha flight to Jeddah International Airport.

The Yemen conflict is widely seen in the region as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. The Houthis say their revolution is against corruption.

Fighting continues in Aden as United Nations calls for dialogue