Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Yemeni officials say Saudi-led airstrikes kill 28 in port city

Yemeni officials say Saudi-led airstrikes kill 28 in port city

At least 55 people were killed after warplanes of the Saudi-led military coalition hit a hospital and a fishing harbour in Yemen's western province of Hudaydah on Thursday.

"The consecutive air strikes in the city of Hodeidah have once again claimed dozens of lives with many people injured", the European Union statement said.

With logistical support from the U.S., Saudi Arabia and the UAE have been carrying out attacks inside Yemen since March 2015 in an attempt to reinstate the internationally recognised government of President Abu-Rabbu Mansour Hadi who was overthrown by fighters from the Houthi tribe. "I saw more than 10 bodies, including four women and a young girl".

Meanwhile, the United Nations said it will invite the parties involved in Yemen's conflict for talks on 6 September.

Mr Bin Mubarak said the council need to take a firm stand on the Houthi rebels retaining access to strategic areas from which they were launching attacks on worldwide shipping.

Yemen's Houthi rebels announced a two-week pause in Red Sea operations on Wednesday, after attacks against Saudi tankers last week prompted Riyadh to suspend oil shipments through a key waterway.

A spokesman for the coalition did not immediately respond to a written request for comment on the Houthis' unilateral truce.

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About 70 percent of Yemen's food imports flow through Hodeidah port; about 8.4 million Yemenis are said by aid workers to be on the verge of starvation.

A coalition-led offensive to retake Hodeidah was suspended in early July to assist Mr Griffiths' mediation efforts.

United Nations director of humanitarian operations John Ging told the council the conflict in Hodeida "has escalated significantly", saying violence has forced more than 340,000 people from their homes across the Hodeida governorate since June 1.

Speaking to members of the UN Security Council, Griffiths said that "a political solution" to bring an end to the war in this country is "available", and urged world leaders to support this new push for peace negotiations.

As recriminations over Thursday's attacks escalated, the Saudis and their military partners in the Yemen conflict denied any responsibility and blamed their enemies, the Houthis, the Yemeni insurgent group that controls the seaport, Al Hudaydah.

World Health Organization officials on Friday called on the sides to halt fighting for at least three days for a vaccination effort that aims to prevent another deadly wave of cholera.

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