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Amidst the raging fighting, the US envoy on his first visit to Yemen and his UN counterpart in Taiz

US envoy Timothy Linderking arrived in the city of Aden (southern Yemen) today, Monday, on his first visit to the country, coinciding with the first visit of a UN envoy to Taiz, amid the intensification of fighting on various fronts in the country and the continuing humanitarian crisis.

Meanwhile, the Saudi-led coalition announced the destruction of a booby-trapped boat off the city of Hodeidah (western Yemen), which it said was “prepared to carry out an imminent attack,” according to the Saudi Press Agency.

The coalition added that “the Iranian Houthi behavior threatens maritime navigation and global trade in the Bab al-Mandab strait and the southern Red Sea.”

Earlier, the coalition announced, in a separate statement, the interception and destruction of a booby-trapped drone, which it said had been launched by the Houthis towards Khamis Mushait (south of the Kingdom).

The coalition also announced that it had carried out 31 targeting of Houthi mechanisms and their elements in the Serwah district of Marib governorate, as well as in Al-Jawf governorate during the past 24 hours.

The Houthis continue to fight government forces in Marib Governorate (eastern Yemen), where they have taken control of important districts during the past weeks, amid international calls for de-escalation.

Lenderking in Aden

In the context of Western and international efforts, US Special Envoy for Yemen Timothy Lenderking arrived today in the city of Aden, the temporary capital of the Yemeni government, on his first visit to the country since he was assigned his mission last February.

And the Yemeni Cabinet Presidency said in a tweet on Twitter that Prime Minister Maeen Abdul Malik received Linderking “to discuss the latest developments in the situation and international and international efforts to bring peace, in addition to efforts to support the government in facing the existing challenges in the economic, service and humanitarian aspects.”

Meanwhile, the United Nations envoy to Yemen, Hans Grundberg, toured Taiz on Monday, the first visit of a UN envoy to the city since the outbreak of war in the country.

Local sources told Al Jazeera that Taiz witnessed strict security measures to receive Grundberg, who came by land from the city of Aden, which he had arrived at on Sunday.

Implementation of the Taiz Agreement – signed by the Yemeni government and the Houthis in December 2018 – is still faltering.

It was supposed to form a joint committee from the two parties and representatives of civil society to negotiate an end to the siege imposed by the Houthi group on the city, which has been going on for nearly 6 years.

And since 2015, the Saudi neighbor has led a coalition that has been carrying out military operations in Yemen in support of government forces in the face of the Houthis, who have controlled governorates, including the capital, Sanaa, since 2014.

The war – which has been going on for about 7 years – has claimed the lives of more than 233,000 people, and 80% of Yemen’s population (about 30 million people) has become dependent on aid, in the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, according to the United Nations.

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