UAE, Saudi aid to Yemen come in for UN praise

UAE supported coalition makes advances across Yemen

UAE supported coalition makes advances across Yemen

The attack was the latest in a series of airstrikes conducted by the USA -backed Saudi-led coalition air force since the start of the war in Yemen three years ago.

The draft statement, seen by Reuters on Thursday, broadly expresses concern about civilian casualties and restrictions on commercial and humanitarian food, fuel and medical imports and calls on all parties to allow unhindered aid access in Yemen. "A statement that condemns one side, the Houthis, but doesn't even mention the abuses of the other, the Saudi-led coalition, simply nurtures the atmosphere of impunity".

The United Nation's Security Council is now considering a British proposal to "praise" Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for pledging $1 billion in aid projects for Yemen, Reuters has said.

Elite Yemeni forces, supported by the Saudi-led coalition and UAE forces, have entered the Al Qaeda stronghold of Wadi Al Masini, and taken control of several main routes to the coast. Almost 1 million people have been infected with cholera.

Iran has denied supplying the Houthis with weapons.

The proposal comes a day after the United Nations made public its report on events in Yemen, criticising both Saudi Arabia and the UAE for using "starvation" as a tool of war.

Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemeni Shiite Houthi rebels mistakenly killed six civilians, including women and children, in airstrikes on Yemen on Wednesday, local security officials and medics said.