Saudi-led coalition says Houthis behind Thursday's attack in Hodeidah

Saudi-led coalition says Houthis behind Thursday's attack in Hodeidah

Saudi-led coalition says Houthis behind Thursday's attack in Hodeidah

About 3,000 Yemeni children are fleeing every day from the port city of Hodeida as fighting between a Saudi-led coalition and Yemen's Shiite rebels continues to rage along the country's west coast, an global aid group said Thursday.

"This is a tragic reminder that in Yemen the global humanitarian law - in place to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure in times of war - continues to be broken on a daily basis".

The ongoing KSA-led war on Yemen left 40 Saudi soldiers killed and 30 others injured in July, 2018, according to reports circulated by local media outlets.

Yemen's Arabic-language al-Masirah television network, citing its correspondent, reported that Saudi-led jets struck al-Thorah Hospital in the provincial capital Hudaydah and a fishing port in the province nearly simultaneously.

The UN special envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, had urged the council to do more to "keep the Red Sea out of the conflict" as he unveiled plans to begin a first round of peace negotiations in Geneva on September 6.

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

"The Houthi militia are behind killing of civilians in Hodeidah on Thursday", he said.

The Saudi-led coalition backing Yemeni's internationally recognized government has been fighting to defeat the rebels, known as Houthis, since March 2015.

Strikes have picked up again around Hodeida since the Saudis last week said that two oil tankers operated by one of the kingdom s companies were attacked in the waters of the Red Sea.

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

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

"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".

"Peace will not be achieved only by expressing support for the efforts of the United Nations envoy to start the dialogue, but with more political pressure on the Houthi militias", said Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, Yemen's permanent representative to the United Nations, told the Security Council on Thursday.

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