The destruction of the port of Hodeida, a vital lifeline for millions of starving civilians in Yemen, would "create a catastrophic situation", Antonio Guterres told French radio station France Inter. The deal comes just one day after UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt called on Saudi Arabia to end the Yemen conflict, suggesting that global pressure could help lead to a settlement.
British foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt will visit Saudi Arabia on Monday, where he will press king Salman and prince Mohammed to support United Nations efforts to end the conflict, the foreign office said.
Saudi Arabia is leading the Arab military coalition that intervened in Yemen in March 2015 to support the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi after the Houthi rebels forced him into exile.
The coalition abandoned a previous offensive on Hodeidah last June without any gains amid worldwide concern over a humanitarian catastrophe to give peace talks a chance.
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Mariam Aldogani, Save the Children's field coordinator in Yemen, said that the people in Hodeida are living in a "state of fear".
Three port employees reached by telephone said the rebels had also begun to mine entryways to the port overnight.
The Houthis accused the coalition, via their al-Massirah TV channel, of conducting two air strikes that targeted the eastern entrance to the port.
Almost 600 people have been killed since clashes erupted in Hodeida on November 1, ending a temporary suspension in a government offensive to take the city that began in June.
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Hunt said diplomacy remains the only way to end the conflict, which he called the world's worse humanitarian crisis.
Britain and the United States are major suppliers of arms to Saudi Arabia, which leads a military coalition backing the Yemen government in its fight against Iran-backed Houthi rebels.
Britain has said the Saudi-led coalition has agreed to allow its adversary in Yemen, the Houthis Shiite rebels, to evacuate their wounded out of the country, AP reported.
Saudi-led coalition warplanes had resumed air strikes late on Monday despite a lull in street battles between Iranian-aligned Houthi insurgents and coalition forces which had trapped families and endangered hospitals.
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The Saudi-led coalition intervened the following year and pro-government forces have since recaptured almost all of the south and much of the Red Sea coast in a grinding war of attrition. But rights groups believe the toll may be five times as high.