Arab aoalition's airstrike on hospital in Yemen's Hodeidah kills 42

Arab aoalition's airstrike on hospital in Yemen's Hodeidah kills 42

Arab aoalition's airstrike on hospital in Yemen's Hodeidah kills 42

At least 20 people were killed and 50 others injured on Thursday when a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a popular fish market in Yemen's Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, a medical official told Xinhua.

"The coalition follows a strict and transparent approach based on the rules of global law".

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

Al-Thawra hospital - Yemen's largest - is supported by the ICRC, which also said that two ambulances were destroyed in Thursday's attacks.

The U.N. envoy for Yemen on Thursday invited the warring parties to talks in September aimed at ending the three-year conflict, saying the pace of fighting has increased and "the Red Sea is now a theatre of war".

"This is shocking", she said of the attacks.

But a coalition spokesman on Friday denied the charges, accusing the Huthis of having bombed the hospital and the fish market.

On July 26, Saudi Arabia said it was temporarily suspending oil shipments through the Bab Al Mandab Strait - one of the world's busiest shipping lanes - after two oil tankers operated by Saudi shipping group Bahri were attacked, slightly damaging one vessel.

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.

The fighting around Hodeida has raised United Nations fears of a new humanitarian catastrophe in a country already standing at the brink of starvation and gripped by a deadly cholera epidemic.

On a positive note, Griffiths said he was "greatly encouraged by the common desire of the parties to have prisoners of war released", adding "I want to see this moving forward before we meet in Geneva".

War-ravaged Yemen is teetering on the brink of a third cholera epidemic, the World Health Organization warned Friday. While the Houthi rebels have endorsed the idea of such talks, as have the Saudis, the Saudi-backed Hadi government has spurned the idea of making any sort of deal that includes rebel representation in future governments.

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.

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

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