Loyalists of exiled Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi gather next to tanks on a road on the outskirts of the southern city of Aden, on April 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SALEH AL-OBEIDI
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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 .U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said the lack of fuel was preventing agencies on the ground from distributing even those stocks already inside the country, most of which are in the hands of rebels who are under a U.N. arms embargo.A hospital official in Aden Friday said the latest Saudi-led air strikes and ground fighting between the rebels and Hadi loyalists had killed 47 people.They comprised eight civilians, 10 loyalists and 29 rebels and allied troops, the official said. Tehran has repeatedly denied Riyadh's charges of arming the rebels but a confidential UN report seen by AFP on Thursday gave support to the Saudi allegations.
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