SANAA, Yemen- UN's Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, arrived in Yemen's rebel-held capital Sanaa on Sunday, a week after the Geneva peace talks collapsed, following the Houthi rebels' absence. Griffiths appeared well guarded, leaving the plane in a hurry and refusing to speak to journalists.

Sources said that, Griffiths immediately met top rebel officials, upon his arrival at his residency. The UN envoy's visit to Sanaa, aimed to revive the peace efforts, but no further details have been reported yet.

On Tuesday, Griffiths told a Security Council meeting on the situation in Yemen, that, the war has escalated across all fronts. "The level of confidence is at its lowest and the humanitarian cost is ever rising," he said.

Griffiths' arrival in Sanaa came, days after holding intensified meetings with representatives of Saudi-backed Yemeni internationally-recognised government and Shiit Iranian-allied Houthi rebels, in neighbouring Oman.

Following the collapse of peace talks in Geneva, on Sept 8, the government forces, backed by the Saudi-led coalition war planes advanced into the edges of rebel-held Red Sea port city of Hodeidah. The forces tightened siege on the city and main roads linking the port with Sanaa, causing a sharp economic crisis on the rebel-controlled northern cities.

In 2016, a similar UN-backed peace negotiations between the Yemeni rival parties, in Kuwait, have failed to achieve peace, after several months of talks.

According to a latest statement by the World Food Programme, intensified conflict is worsening humanitarian situation, particularly in Hodeidah, which is a lifeline for millions in north-western Yemen.


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