Jordan's representative to the U.N. says the U.N. Security Council will respond to Russia’s proposal for a 'humanitarian pause' in hostilities in Yemen. Gavino Garay reports.
Russia and the Red Cross appealed on Saturday for a 'humanitarian pause' to Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen in order to allow for urgent humanitarian aid deliveries and civilian evacuations... The strikes -- which began ten-days ago by a Saudi-led coalition over security concerns in its neighbor, Yemen -- are aimed at stopping Houthi fighters battling forces loyal to Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Dina Kawar, Jordan's representative to the United Nations and this month's Security Council president, says the council convened at Russia's request. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JORDAN'S REPRESENTATIVE TO THE UNITED NATIONS AND PRESIDENT OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL FOR APRIL, DINA KAWAR, SAYING: "The council members also reiterated their concern over the grave humanitarian situation that Yemen has been facing for a while. The Russian delegation circulated a draft resolution to the council members regarding humanitarian forces in Yemen and expressed concerns over the humanitarian situation in Yemen since." The International Committee of the Red Cross also called for an immediate pause in hostilities to deliver medical aid, saying three of its shipments remained blocked. Ahmet Asseri, the spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, declined to confirm or deny reports that Saudi special forces were operating in the city of Aden against Houthis fighters. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRIGADIER GENERAL AHMED ASSERI, SPOKESMAN FOR THE SAUDI-LED COALITION, SAYING: "The logistic support that we provide - the coalition to the Popular Committees - is substantial, aid them to change the situation on the ground. We do not announce, the coalition, that they have boots on the ground. And even if it was true, I think the secrecy and the safety of the operation most important for us than announcing this in the media." The United Nations says more than 500 people have been killed in the past two weeks in Yemen and nearly 1,700 wounded. Residents in Aden say parts of the southern port city have been without water or electricity for two days.