Airstrikes on Yemeni hospital and market kill at least 55

Charlene Craig
August 6, 2018

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.

The airstrikes were close to the city's main public hospital, al-Thawra, and near a popular fish market, said the medical officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

Mr Salama said the main hospital building remained intact but many subsidiary departments, especially the statistical department, were hit, affecting workers preparing for the cholera campaign.

There was no immediate comment from the Saudi-led coalition.

The announcement comes less than a week after Saudi Arabia temporarily suspended all oil shipments through the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, the southern entrance to the Red Sea.

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Heavy fighting in Yemen's port province of Hodeida between pro-government forces and Shiite rebels has killed at least 80 people on both sides over the last two days, Yemeni officials and witnesses said Sunday.

He was referring to the Saudi-led coalition that has intervened in Yemen since 2015 to restore the internationally recognized government to power, which has been driven out of the capital Sanaa by the rebels.

A source from the Coalition today said that the evidence was collected as part of its investigation into the explosions that occurred Thursday, 2nd August 2018. After condemning the Houthi rebels and their Iranian sponsors, Haley noted that the deadly Saudi-led air raids mark a "new day" in Yemen in which civilians are "starting" to be put at risk.

Saudi Arabia announced Saturday the dismantling of 919 mines in Yemen in two weeks, revealing that Houthis had planted 1 million mines over the past three years.

"Today, we are inaugurating a number of important development projects as part of reconstructions efforts that highlight the honest spirit of fraternity" that bind Saudi Arabia and Yemen, he added.

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"The scenes coming from Hodeida are horrific".

United Nations director of humanitarian operations John Ging told the council the conflict in Hodeida "has escalated significantly", saying violence has forced more than 340,000 people from their homes across the Hodeida governorate since June 1.

On the same day that the United Nations announced the upcoming talks, an air raid on the Yemeni Red Sea town of Hodeida - controlled by Houthis - led to some 55 civilian deaths and 170 injuries, according to Red Cross reports.

Yemen may be on the brink of a new cholera epidemic, with a heightened death rate due to widespread malnutrition, the World Health Organisation has said.

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