Yemen's foreign minister says UN envoy Martin Griffiths 'is providing excuses' for the Huthi rebels' absence in the peace talks
The Huthis have refused to leave the rebel-held capital of Sanaa unless the United Nations meets a list of conditions, which includes securing a safe return from Geneva for their delegation
The Geneva talks are meant to be the first since 2016, when 108 days of negotiations between the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and rebels failed to yield a deal
The United Nations will invite Yemen's warring sides for talks in Geneva on September 6 to discuss a framework for peace negotiations
'The airport was completely cleared, Thank God, and is under control,' says Abdul Salaam al-Shehi, coalition commander for the Red Sea coast
Martin Griffiths is expected to propose to rebel leaders that they cede control of the Red Sea port to a UN-supervised committee and halt heavy clashes against advancing government troops
(3rd UPDATE) The clashes come as the UN Security Council meet for urgent talks on the military operation and call for the vital Red Sea port to be 'kept open'
The coalition-backed forces are closing in on the Red Sea port, the main conduit for humanitarian supplies into a country where millions of people are in dire need of food aid