Troops belonging to a Saudi-led Coalition have intercepted a shipment of money, forged passports and travel documents bound for Houthi militias fighting against Yemen's legitimate government, a spokesman of the alliance said on Monday.
Saudi sources said the United Nations special envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, was in the Houthi-controlled capital, Sanaa, to discuss the possibility of global control of the port, according to the Guardian.
In a letter circulating in the House of Representatives and obtained by Al-Monitor, members of Congress "deeply alarmed" by the military action are asking US Defense Secretary Jim Mattisto dissuade Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates from attacking.
"We are doing everything we can through diplomatic channels to discourage an assault on Hodeidah".
UAE forces are poised to attack the port of Hodeidah as early as Tuesday as part of their campaign with Saudi Arabia to defeat the Houthi rebels who have seized much of north Yemen.
Last week, Lise Grande, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, warned: "A military attack or siege on Hodeida will impact hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians".
United Nations humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock told reporters today that 70 percent of Yemen's imported food, fuel, and medicines come through Hodeidah.
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"I have spoken with Emirati leaders and made clear our desire to address their security concerns while preserving the free flow of humanitarian aid and life-saving commercial imports", Pompeo said. "The US has begged Saudi/UAE coalition not to attack the humanitarian aid port of Hudaydah".
Eleven humanitarian aid agencies, including Oxfam and Save the Children, separately urged British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to threaten to cut off British support to the coalition if it attacks Hodeida.
"If an attack does take place, casualties on all sides will be high with a likely catastrophic impact on the civilian population", they wrote.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other Arab allies intervened in Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to push back the rebels and restore the internationally recognised government to power after the Houthis ousted it from large areas of the country including Sanaa.
The conflict in Yemen has left almost 10,000 people dead in what was already the Arab world's poorest country.
An alarming 22.2 million people in Yemen - the Arab world's poorest country - need some kind of humanitarian or protection assistance, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).