Saudi-led airstrike at Hodeidah port kills at least 26 people

Saul Bowman
August 6, 2018

The halt to retaliatory attacks in the Red Sea is aimed at "preserving the Yemeni bloods and in response to the regional and global moves and efforts aiming to bring peace", he noted.

The plan also included a number of initiatives to improve the humanitarian situation in Yemen and to promote delivery and distribution of aid to cities and the Yemeni governorates, through a number of projects to improve roads and ports.

More than 10,000 Yemenis, mostly civilians, have been killed in the war, and about 3 million have been displaced.

Saudi coalition warplanes struck a crowded Hodeidah fish market as throngs of residents packed in to purchase one of Yemen's only abundant domestic sources of food.

"What we have seen in Hodeidah; Saudi Arabia human rights violations and mass killings, is a heinous crime", Mutawakil said.

A senior United Nations official expressed alarm Friday at deadly strikes in Yemen s rebel-held port city of Hodeida, as the government said it was ready to attend UN-brokered talks in Geneva.

Yemeni government forces - backed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates - launched a major operation to retake Hodeidah and its strategic seaport from Houthi rebels in June.

According to John Ging, director of the Operational Division at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, 75 percent of Yemen's population, or roughly 22 million people, are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection.

Save the Children says families often find themselves "having to courageous minefields, airstrikes and being forced to cross areas of active fighting all in a bid to escape" Hodeida.

"We welcome any initiative to spare bloodshed and stop aggression against Yemen", the official said in a statement carried by Yemen's official SABA news agency.

"Contrary to initial media reports and Houthi claims that attributed responsibility to coalition air strikes, the available evidence clearly demonstrates that the damage resulted from mortar shells fired from an area close to the impact sites", he told the UAE state news agency, Wam.

United Nations envoy Martin Griffiths told the Security Council on Thursday "a political solution" to end the war in Yemen was "available" and urged world powers to support the new push for peace negotiations. The ICRC provided surgical material to assist severely wounded people as well as body bags to Al-Thawra Hospital after the neighborhood was targeted.

A government official told AFP the internationally recognised government would attend the meeting although it was "not optimistic" over the outcome, while there has yet been no response from the rebels.

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