UPDATED 6:40 AM PT — Tues. June 12, 2018
United Nation officials are looking to prevent an attack on a Yemeni port, which could threaten 250,000 lives.
On Monday, It was confirmed that the UN Yemen envoy will meet with key regional officials to stop a potential missile attack in the city of Hodeidah by the Houthi rebels.
The meeting will comprise of leaders from Yemen, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia following several days of intense fighting.
Tensions have been high in the country since a civil war broke out in 2014, leading Yemen’s gulf neighbors to intervene on behalf of the government.
If the port is attacked, the UN said the impact on civilians would be devastating.
“Hodeidah is absolutely central to the preserving of life, and if for any periods Hodeidah were not to operate effectively the consequences in humanitarian terms would be catastrophic,” stated Mark Lowcock, UN Under-Secretary General.
The UN is now working on a plan to seize Houthi ballistic missiles in exchange for Saudi Arabia ending their airstrikes.