Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Coalition spokesman accuses Houthis of killing civilians

Coalition spokesman accuses Houthis of killing civilians

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.

The Houthi group said on Tuesday it is unilaterally halting attacks in the Red Sea for two weeks to support peace efforts, days after Saudi Arabia suspended oil exports through a strategic Red Sea channel following attacks on crude tankers.

Reports said the drone has bombed the airport, but did not reveal any further details on damage to the airport or any possible casualties.

A spokesman for the Houthi-affiliated health ministry said on Friday that "the United States bears full responsibility" for the deadly attack, adding that "the United Nations, its organizations and the global community have remained silent in the face of the aggression" from the US-backed, Saudi-led coalition that invaded Yemen in 2015.

According to Al-Arabiya, the spokesman for the coalition forces, Colonel Turki al-Malki, said the Houthi militias carried out the killing of civilians in Hodeidah, denying that the coalition had carried out any attacks.

The rebel-run Al Masirah TV reported that airstrikes killed 52 people and left more than 100 wounded.

The campaign to take the city threatens to worsen Yemen's humanitarian situation as it is the main entry point for food, humanitarian aid and fuel supplies to the country.

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 worldwide organizations and their response would quickly be overwhelmed".

"Every day this week we have seen new cholera cases in Hudaydah, and now this. Everything we are trying to do to stem the worlds worst cholera epidemic is at risk".

Yemen's war has killed almost 10,000 people and triggered what the United Nations calls the world's largest single humanitarian crisis.

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 halt to retaliatory attacks in the Red Sea is aimed at "preserving the Yemeni bloods and in response to the regional and worldwide moves and efforts aiming to bring peace", he noted.

A member of the political wing of Yemen's Huthi rebels said Saturday the insurgents were willing to attend United Nations -brokered talks, although they had low expectations of a positive outcome.

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