At least 20 dead in strikes on Yemen's Hodeida: Medics, witnesses

At least 20 dead in strikes on Yemen's Hodeida: Medics, witnesses

At least 20 dead in strikes on Yemen's Hodeida: Medics, witnesses

A proxy war is playing out in Yemen between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Calling on the parties to avoid any actions that would worsen the humanitarian catastrophe in the country and undermine a political solution, he urged them to create a favourable environment for a political process.

Medics and witnesses in Al Hudaydah said Thursday that at least 30 people had been killed, and that missiles fired by warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition had caused the deaths and destruction.

Yemen s war has killed almost 10,000 people and triggered what the United Nations calls the world s largest single humanitarian crisis, with more than eight million Yemenis at risk of starvation. The country is now in the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with more than 22.2 million people in need of assistance.

It also reviewed the statement issued by Arab Coalition regarding the involvement of the Houthi militia in a deadly attack on civilians on Thursday on a hospital and fish market in Hodeidah.

The United Nations had already tried peace talks in 2016 but its efforts quickly failed.

"The Arab Coalition did not conduct any operations in Hodeidah today", Al Malki said.

"Hospitals are protected under worldwide humanitarian law".

"We have tried to find a way to avoid a battle for the city and the port of Al Hudaydah, and we are still trying", he told the council, describing the Red Sea as a platform for a "war theatre".

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley gave strong backing to Griffiths' efforts to bring both sides together in Geneva, saying "in preparation, the parties should act with restraint and avoid military actions that could escalate tensions and undermine talks".

While the statement did not say who was behind the attacks, it said that "this lack of respect for civilian life and civilian property is reprehensible".

Yemen's government has called for rebels' "unconditional withdrawal" from Hodeida but the Houthis have long refused to hand over the city.

Haley said Griffiths is offering the parties "a different way forward", and she warned that "if negotiations fail, the consequences will be severe".

"The attack targeted one of the city's main hospitals on the same day as the planned launch of a Cholera vaccination drive, and as the UN Special Envoy briefed the Security Council in NY".

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