Twelve days of airstrikes by the mix of mainly Gulf states had until now made little headway against the Shi’ite rebels but reports on Monday say southern militia have now made some gains.
However the toll on civilians is becoming intolerable with over 500 dead and thousands displaced.
Sanaa airport and foreign nationals are continuing their exodus from the country – but what of those left behind?
Russia disappointed by military operation
The Red Cross which has been given th green light by the Gulf states to deliver aid hopes to fly in 48 tonnes of medical supplies on Tuesday.
In the meantime a “disappointed” Russia is calling for a ceasefire. It is highly critical of the Arab coalition which it says did not consult the UN before attempting to drive back the rebels and has no legal basis in international law.
Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia is leading the coalition against Shi’ite Houthi rebels who it says are backed by Iran. The rebels took over the capital Sanaa in September eventually forcing President Abd .Rabbu Mansour Hadi to flee.