The United Nations special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths returned to Yemen’s capital Sanaa, to meet with the Houthi rebels in order to avoid the conflict escalation over the control of the red sea port city of Hodeidah.

Griffiths arrived at the Houthi-controlled capital city, trying to seek a ceasefire through talks between the government forces and the rebels while avoiding the current conflict escalation.

UAE minister of state Anwar Gargash said the Yemeni government forces supported by Saudi Arabia, UAE and other countries have suspended military operations near Hodeidah, in order to give enough time for Griffiths to broker a ceasefire.

The government forces hope Griffiths to persuade the Houthi rebels to unconditionally hand over the full control of the city proper and the port. Previously, Griffiths failed in his mission because the rebels agreed to hand over the control of the port to the UN while retaining that over the city proper.

The conflict has killed over 10,000 people, mostly civilians, and forced three million others to leave their homes, according to UN agencies.