Yemeni pro-government forces in the port city of Hodeida on December 17. Photo: AFP

The UK is putting forward a UN Security Council resolution on the war in Yemen to be voted on later this week, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told parliament on Wednesday.

Hunt said a ceasefire around the Red Sea port of Hodeida agreed by the warring parties during talks in Sweden last week was “highly fragile” but holding for the time being.

“I have instructed our mission in New York to resume working on a draft resolution with the Security Council partners with a view to adopting it later this week,” Hunt said.

“We will ask the Security Council to vote on the draft in the next 48 hours,” he said, adding that he had “urged all parties to stick to the terms agreed last week.”

The resolution would endorse the terms of the agreement, authorize the UN “to monitor their implementation” and set out “urgent steps to alleviate the humanitarian crisis.”

The war between the Houthi Shiite rebels and troops loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi escalated in 2015, when he fled into exile in Saudi Arabia and a Saudi-led military coalition intervened.

Since then, the conflict has killed about 10,000 people, according to the World Health Organization, although human rights groups say the real death toll could be five times higher.

The war has also pushed 14 million people to the brink of famine in what the United Nations describes as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

– with reporting by Agence France-Presse

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