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Saudi king hosts Abu Dhabi crown prince amid Yemen offensive

AFP  |  Riyadh 

Saudi hosted Abu Dhabi's crown prince, said Sunday, as a military coalition led by the two Gulf allies pushes an offensive to seize the strategic Yemeni port city of

Abu Dhabi's led a "top-level delegation" to Riyadh, the official Saudi press agency said in a brief statement, after the US halted a controversial refuelling arrangement for coalition air craft engaged in

The two leaders reviewed "current developments in the region and challenges and crises facing it", the UAE's state agency said, without elaborating.

The Saudi and UAE-led war in has caused growing international unease after high-profile coalition air strikes that have killed scores of civilians, many of them children.

in particular faces increased scrutiny following international outrage over Jamal Khashoggi's murder last month in its consulate in

Saudi rulers have sought to rally support from Arab allies following what is seen as the worst diplomatic crisis facing the kingdom since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the

The has thrown its support behind Saudi Arabia, its main ally, over the Khashoggi affair.

forces backed by the coalition pressed further into Hodeida, seizing its main hospital in heavy fighting on Saturday, as they shrugged off an end to US refuelling support.

The intensified battle for comes despite calling last month for a ceasefire and negotiations between Yemen's warring parties within 30 days.

The has since pushed that deadline back to the end of the year.

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First Published: Sun, November 11 2018. 04:45 IST