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A Saudi fuel tanker in the Red Sea came under fire by Yemen's Houthi rebel group, a Saudi-led military coalition said Tuesday.

In a statement carried by Saudi media, the coalition said the oil tanker was in global waters when it came under "Houthi-Iranian attack" at around 1330 local time (1030 GMT).

"But just as unlawful coalition airstrikes don't justify the Houthi's indiscriminate attacks, the Saudis can't use Houthi rockets to justify impeding life-saving goods for Yemen's civilian population", Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, said yesterday. "A horrifying 8.4 million of these people do not know how they will obtain their next meal", Guterres said. It gave no further details.

An air strike near the Yemeni port of Hodeida Monday killed 16 people in a building where Huthi rebels were gathering, security sources said. Sustaining minor damage, the oil tanker completed its course accompanied by the coalition ship, Al Arabiya reports.

Saudi Arabia and its allies shut down the country's land, sea and air borders past year in response to a missile attack by the Huthis that was intercepted near Riyadh.

The Emiratis contracted Wikistrat, an Israeli company founded in 2010, in the lead up to the Saudi-led coalition intervention after Houthi rebels overran the capital and other major cities across the country, the Wall Street Journal reported. Tehran and the Houthis deny the charge.

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He announced that more than $2 billion has been pledged towards a United Nations humanitarian appeal of $3 billion for Yemen this year.

Griffiths has already held talks with Houthi authorities as well as internationally-recognised Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and Saudi officials in Riyadh.

"Humanitarians must be able to reach the people who need help the most, without conditions", Guterres said.

The target for the 2018 Yemen humanitarian appeal was set at $2.96 billion (2.4 billion euros).

A UN donor conference for people affected by war in Yemen - which has been labelled as the "world's worst humanitarian crisis" - has received pledges of more than $2bn (£1.4bn), close to half of which is promised by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, two key protagonists in the conflict.


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