Death toll rises to 30 in Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen's Hodeidah

06 August, 2018, 11:20 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • Saudi Arabia human rights violations

The air raid hit at the entrance to Hodeida's main al-Thawra hospital, one of the busiest medical facilities in conflict-wracked Yemen.

If the talks take place, they will be the first Yemen peace negotiations in two years.

"Contrary to initial media reports and Houthi claims that attributed responsibility to Coalition airstrikes, the available evidence clearly demonstrates that the damage resulted from mortar shells fired from an area close to the impact sites", he said.

But the ICRC said the details of the attacks were still unknown.

The war has also left more than 40,000 people wounded, and displaced about 2 million.

"The scenes coming from Hodeida are horrific".

"You have heard the statistics many times: more than 22 million people - 75 per cent of the population - require humanitarian assistance and protection".

"These airstrikes are putting innocent civilians at extreme risk", Lise Grande, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, said in a statement. "Nothing can justify this loss of life", she added.

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But the coalition's spokesman, Turki al-Maliki, on Friday denied the charges, accusing the Huthis of having bombed the hospital and the fish market.

The offer came a week after Saudi Arabia suspended its oil shipments through the Red Sea strait of Bab al-Mandeb after Houthi fighters attacked two Saudi oil tankers. The operation continues despite the United Nations warnings of a possible humanitarian catastrophe.

"Every day this week we have seen new cholera cases in Hudaydah, and now this".

On Friday, the UN's World Health Organisation said Yemen may be on the brink of a new cholera epidemic, with greater chance of a high death rate due to widespread malnutrition.

The images were filmed in June by Brazilian photojournalist Gabriel Chaim, who was given limited access by the Houthi rebels who control the city, from where they unseated the Yemeni government in 2015.

He said the time is long past to resume the political process, and after consulting the internationally recognized government and Houthi Shiite rebels he plans to invite them for consultations in Geneva on September 6, including to discuss a framework for peace negotiations.

For a little more than three years, Yemen has been locked in a seemingly intractable civil war that has killed almost 10,000 people - two-thirds of them civilians - and pushed millions to the brink of starvation, according to the United Nations.

Mr Bin Mubarak said his government also insisted that the UN-led peace efforts "respect its prerogatives and the legitimacy of its institutions, taking into consideration that the legitimate government is the only party which has the right of administering all the Yemeni provinces and state institutions without exception".

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