Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Saudis Deny Role in Attacks That Killed Civilians in Yemeni Port

Saudis Deny Role in Attacks That Killed Civilians in Yemeni Port

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.

There were also 50 others who were wounded in the airstrikes that hit a fishing port and a popular fish market about five meters away from the main gate of Public al-Thawra Hospital in Hodeidah, said the official in the hospital.

Saudi Arabia announced that oil shipping through Bab-el-Mendeb Strait resumed on Saturday after it was halted on July 25, following failed attempts by Iran-backed Houthi militias to target two Saudi oil tankers, Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources Khaled al-Faleh announced.

United Nations envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths has been pushing for a deal which envisions the rebels ceding control of Hodeida port to a UN-supervised committee.

"While the exact circumstances around the ground explosions are still unknown, this lack of respect for civilian life and civilian property is reprehensible", Johannes Bruwer, head of the ICRC delegation in Yemen, said in a statement yesterday.

The attack on Arsan shows that the Houthis, far from surrendering to Saudi Arabia's superior air power, are capable of inflicting heavy damage on its economy.


Riyadh's move followed Yemeni retaliatory attacks on the Saudi Dammam frigate off the western coast of Yemen and a coalition boat off the coast of el-Durayhmi in southern Hudaydah, which the Saudi-led coalition and their allied militants have been seeking to seize in a weeks-long military push. The Saudi coalition couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

The Houthis are fighting a Saudi-led military coalition that backs Yemen's government.

The war in the impoverished country has left almost 10,000 people dead and unleashed what the United Nations describes as the world's worst humanitarian crisis. The Saudi Arabia human rights massacre ensued from the air strikes carried out by Saudi and UAE alliance, against Houthi rebels.

The coalition, with logistical support from the United States, has undertaken attacks within Yemen since 2015 to reinstate the internationally-recognized government of President Abu-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Most of the aid supplies arriving in Yemen come through Hodeidah. The coalition has taken control of the airport and not the seaport, Al Jazeera reported.

Yemen may be on the brink of a new cholera epidemic, with a heightened death rate due to widespread malnutrition, and the United Nations is hoping for a ceasefire in the north to allow for vaccinations, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

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