Air strikes kill at least 26 people near hospital in Yemen’s Hudaida

Air strikes on hospital and market in Yemen's Hodeidah kill dozens

Air strikes kill at least 26 people near hospital in Yemen’s Hudaida

The Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Shiite rebels conducted airstrikes in the rebel-held port city of Hodeida on Thursday killing at least 28 people and wounding at least 70, Yemeni medical officials said, the latest escalation in fighting along the country's west coast.

The Houthis, allied with Saudi Arabia's regional arch-rival Iran, control Yemen's capital Sanaa and Hodeida port, the entry point for around three quarters of the impoverished country's imports.

"This is a tragic reminder that in Yemen the worldwide humanitarian law - in place to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure in times of war - continues to be broken on a daily basis". Rather, rights groups and witnesses argue that bombing of the fish market and the follow-up attack on the hospital served no apparent objective other than to spread terror within Yemeni society following a series of attempts over recent weeks to recapture the city that have all ended in defeat or stalemate for the invading forces.

The Yemeni government and rebel opposition Houthis have both declared their willingness to attend UN-organised peace talks in Geneva next month.

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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. Pro-government forces backed by the coalition were close to capturing the city before pausing the offensive last month to allow United Nations mediation efforts to continue.

"Hospitals are protected under global humanitarian law".

He said the time is long past to resume the political process, and after consulting the internationally recognized government and Houthi Shiite rebels he plans to invite them for consultations in Geneva on September 6, including to discuss a framework for peace negotiations.

Riyadh recently halted oil shipment through the critical Bab al-Mandab strait in response to Houthi missiles striking Saudi oil tankers.

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"The impact of the strikes is appalling".

"We have given them time for a political solution and also, many opportunities", he said.

The rebels have killed at least 30 Emirati-backed forces in an ambush in ad-Durayhimi, they said.

In the Council today, Mr. Griffiths said it is time to "begin the hard and uncertain journey away from war" and that there is now a chance "to weigh the opportunities for peace" in the war-ravaged country.

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Yemen is likely to be struck by another "major wave" of cholera cases, the World Health Organization said Friday, as it called for a three-day truce to allow vaccinations.

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