150 killed in Yemen in past 24 hours

Saul Bowman
November 17, 2018

Hodeida port came under attack on Monday night for the first time since June, when government troops supported by a Saudi-led coalition launched an offensive to take the city from the Iran-backed Huthis.

But four other port employees told AFP on condition of anonymity that a rebel commander, along with three of his guards, had been killed in Monday's bombing.

The office of British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the Saudi-led alliance fighting on the side of the government had agreed to the evacuation of up to 50 wounded Huthi fighters to Oman following Hunt s visit to Riyadh.

'The fighting must stop, a political debate must begin, and we must prepare a massive humanitarian response to avoid the worst next year, ' he said.

The port of Hodeida is the entry point for more than three-quarters of imports and worldwide humanitarian aid to Yemen, a country on the brink of starvation.

"The offensive to liberate the port city will continue to prevent the rebels from threatening the global navigation in the Red Sea", al-Maliki said in a press conference in Riyadh, aired live by Al Arabiya.

The coalition abandoned a previous offensive on Hodeidah last June without any gains amid global concern over a humanitarian catastrophe to give peace talks a chance.

The United States, Britain and France - three of the main arms suppliers to Saudi Arabia - have also called for an end to almost four years of conflict in Yemen, particularly in Hodeida.


Sources at the Al Alfi military hospital, seized by the rebels during their 2014 takeover, said charred body parts had been delivered there overnight.

The Houthis accused the coalition, via their al-Massirah TV channel, of conducting two air strikes that targeted the eastern entrance to the port.

The coalition has come under intense worldwide pressure to end the conflict in Yemen, particularly following the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

United Nations mediator Martin Griffiths - whose efforts to host negotiations in Geneva in September failed - met with Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani in Riyadh for talks on reviving the peace process, Saudi Arabia s state news agency reported.

The alliance accuses Iran of smuggling arms to the Houthis through Hodeida Port. Tehran denies the charges.

Saudi-led coalition warplanes had resumed air strikes late on Monday despite a lull in street battles between Iranian-aligned Houthi insurgents and coalition forces which had trapped families and endangered hospitals.

It was unclear if the fighting stopped because of Beasley's visit and whether the United Nations coordinated with the Saudi-led coalition.

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