The United Nations warned fuel shortages threaten to halt all relief operations in Yemen “within days” as Saudi-led airstrikes and ground fighting killed 47 people in second city Aden.

Gulf Arab states rejected any neutral venue for U.N.-brokered peace talks as a confidential U.N. report supported their allegations that regional rival Tehran had been arming Yemen’s Houthi rebels since 2009.

Yemen was the poorest Arab country even before the rebellion against now exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi escalated last year and U.N. agencies said Thursday that millions were at risk from any halt to food distributions.

The bombing campaign launched by a Saudi-led coalition of Sunni Arab states on March 26 has virtually halted the delivery of both humanitarian aid and commercial goods, including fuel.

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