Warring parties in Yemen agree to meet in Sweden — UN envoy

Houthi Shiite rebels inspect the rubble of the Republican Palace that was destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa Yemen

After the Senate killed a proposal by Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) on Thursday to block $300 million in USA arms sales to Bahrain - a key Saudi coalition ally in the Yemen war - Senators proposed another bill that would suspend all US weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and block the refueling of Saudi warplanes bombing Yemen. He is aiming to convene talks before the end of the year. The war, almost four years old, may have killed as many as 80,000 people, according to the figures, not counting the untold numbers who have died of hunger in the humanitarian disaster wreaked by the conflict.

"We need to find an appropriate formula for the involvement of Ansar Allah and other political parties throughout Yemen in a government of unity that alone will be able to make the transition from war to peace", Mr Griffiths said. The Saudi-led coalition has ordered a halt in a log-running offensive against the Houthis in Hudaida, sources said on Thursday.

Senators on the Foreign Relations Committee, led by Bob Menendez (R-New Jersey) and Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) introduced the "Saudi Arabia Accountability and Yemen Act of 2018" - also with the sponsorship of three Democrats - to hold the Saudis accountable for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. They also say attacks would resume if the peace progress isn't fast enough for their tastes.

"We must seize this positive global momentum on Yemen", he told the U.N.'s most powerful body.

"This is a crucial moment for Yemen". Bob Corker of Tennessee, the committee chairman, said Bahrain is home to a naval base with 7,800 United States service members protecting American interests and serving as a buffer against the Iranian regime.

The conflict in Yemen began with the 2014 takeover of the capital of Sanaa by the Houthis, which overthrew Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. The Houthis have fired long-range missiles into Saudi Arabia and targeted vessels in the Red Sea. "This is a catastrophe", Beasley said.

"With this in mind, I intend to reconvene the parties shortly and to do so in Sweden", he said. We are spending right now, feeding over eight million people, about $100 million per month.

"Please can every one hold their breath and get this ... conflict into a discussion rather than into violence", Mr Griffiths said.

That number has doubled in the past year and a half and the situation is getting even worse, largely because of the collapse of Yemen's economy and the sharp decline in its currency, he said.

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Thousands of civilians are at grave risk from both sides' use of indirect explosive weapons such as mortars and artillery, said Amnesty.

He said that will require scaling up assistance to help 12 million Yemenis, which would require about $150 million to $160 million a month.

The country's economy is in crisis and three-quarters of Yemen's population, or 22 million people, require aid.

"What I have seen in Yemen this week is the stuff of nightmares, of horror, of deprivation, of misery", David Beasley told the council. Otherwise, he warned, "we will be in the position of deciding which children live and which children die".

The Security Council will discuss Yemen's conflict and humanitarian crisis at 3PM EST.

"If starvation takes hold in Yemen then the enormity of the humanitarian task to try and keep people alive is mind-boggling", the envoy said, speaking in Amman, where he is based, before he flew to the US.

The Security Council is set to discuss Yemen's conflict and the humanitarian crisis this evening (8pm United Kingdom time).

However, it is too soon to be optimistic with the cessation of hostilities.

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