United Nations to Convene Yemen Peace Talks in Geneva

United Nations to Convene Yemen Peace Talks in Geneva

United Nations to Convene Yemen Peace Talks in Geneva

The Saudi-led coalition - which also includes UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan and Kuwait - has been also imposing a blockade on the impoverished country's ports and airports as a part of the aggression.

Hundreds of thousands of people depend on Al-Thawra, which is Yemen s largest hospital, she said.

Shuttling between the warring parties to avert a coalition assault on Al Hudaydah, Griffiths recently visited Yemen for peace talks with Houthi rebels to end the four-year conflict.

A proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran has been raging in Yemen since 2015, when a Saudi-led military coalition intervened to restore the internationally recognized government and push back the Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

But he warned that "there is no "contingency plan" that can effectively protect civilians from dire humanitarian consequences if conflict in Hodeida escalates, as the capacity of global organizations and their response would quickly be overwhelmed".

On June 13, the coalition began a major offensive to retake Hodeidah city from the rebels.

The Saudi spokesman for the Arab coalition forces that have been threatening to seize Al Hudaydah said Friday that the coalition had not carried out any operations there.

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.

"The impact of the strikes is appalling".

UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths said Thursday he plans to invite Yemen's warring parties to Geneva for peace talks on 6 September, Anadolu reports. "Everything we are trying to do to stem the world s worst cholera epidemic is at risk".

"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.

Hodeidah has been under the control of the Houthis since 2014, and was responsible for delivering 70 percent of Yemen's imports - mostly humanitarian aid, food and fuel.

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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