Death toll rises to 52 in Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen's Hodeidah

by Abel Hampton August 7, 2018, 0:08
Death toll rises to 52 in Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen's Hodeidah

A proxy war is playing out in Yemen between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

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

An global aid group says 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 there.

UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths told the UN Security Council on Thursday that there will be talks in Geneva on September 6, with the various warring factions all invited.

More than 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen's civil war, which has displaced 2 million people and helped spawn a cholera epidemic.

United Nations envoy Martin Griffiths told the Security Council on Thursday "a political solution" to end the war in Yemen was "available" and urged world powers to support the new push for peace negotiations.

There were no comments yet from the Saudi-led coalition.

The war has left almost 10,000 people dead and unleashed what the United Nations describes as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

The last attempt at peace talks for Yemen broke down in 2016.

"The Arab Coalition did not conduct any operations in Hodeidah today", Al Malki said.

"If this is what's starting to happen, civilians are at risk, infrastructure is at risk and we as the global community have to demand that the two parties come together and understand the seriousness of this", Haley said.

The mines disposed of so far were located in Taiz, Red Sea Coast, Beihan, Osailan, Saada, Shabwa and Marib.

"My concern is to avoid any action with dire humanitarian consequences, and ... those which may undermine the resumption of the political process in September", he said.

Griffiths has recently been shuttling between the warring parties to avert a coalition assault on Hodeidah. Yemen's government maintains that the rebels' "unconditional withdrawal" from Hodeida is key to restarting the talks.

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

Haley said Griffiths is offering the parties "a different way forward", and she warned that "if negotiations fail, the consequences will be severe".

Several Western countries, the United States and Britain in particular, are also accused of being complicit in the ongoing aggression as they supply the Riyadh regime with advanced weapons and military equipment as well as logistical and intelligence assistance.

"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".

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