UN envoy invites Yemen’s warring parties to talks on Sept

UN envoy invites Yemen’s warring parties to talks on Sept

UN envoy invites Yemen’s warring parties to talks on Sept

UN-brokered political talks on Yemen broke down in 2016 amid demands for a rebel withdrawal from key cities and power-sharing with the Saudi-backed government.

Bombing in the city has intensified in past week after Riyadh accused the Houthi of attacking with Iranian help two of its oil tankers in the waters of the Red Sea.

Hundreds of thousands of people depend on Al-Thawra, which is Yemen s largest hospital, she said. He said the coalition "follows a strict and transparent approach based on the rules worldwide law".

The Red Cross on Friday reported a near doubling of the death toll from attacks on a rebel-held Yemeni seaport under siege by a Saudi-led coalition, describing the killings and destruction as a horrific disregard of global law.

But a coalition spokesman on Friday denied the charges, accusing the Huthis of having bombed the hospital and the fish market. The coalition has been at war with the Iran-aligned rebels, known as Houthis, since March 2015.

The Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen's internationally recognized government has sought to expand control over rebel-held areas along Yemen's west coast, particularly in the vital Red Sea port city of Hodeida, the main entry point for food in a country teetering on the brink of starvation.

The operation continues despite the United Nations warnings of a possible humanitarian catastrophe.

"The impact of the strikes is appalling".

On Thursday, the UN's special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths said he plans to invite the country's warring factions to hold talks in the Swiss city of Geneva on September 6.

In Geneva, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned that Yemen is likely to be struck by another "major wave" of cholera cases, calling for a three-day truce to allow vaccinations.

Speaking at a meeting of the UN Security Council, Griffiths said it is time to resume a political process in Yemen to resolve the crisis, alluding to previous peace talks that failed.

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.

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.

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