The United Arab Amirates on Sunday announced it had halted the offensive it is backing against Houthi rebels in Yemen's port city of Hodeida to give a chance to UN diplomatic efforts.
A Saudi-led alliance of Arab states launched an attack on Yemen's main port city on Wednesday in the largest battle of the war, aiming to bring the ruling Houthi movement to its knees at the risk of worsening the world's biggest humanitarian crisis.
The statement described the attack as "one of the deadliest attacks on children since the conflict in Yemen escalated in March 2015".
The UN said Friday that surging violence across Yemen had pushed some 85,000 people from their homes in the past 10 weeks, with hundreds continuing to flee each day.
Saudi-led air strikes killed 20 civilians in the rebel-held Yemeni port city of Hodeida late on Wednesday just hours after the rebels celebrated the second anniversary of their seizure of the capital, a government official said.