United Nations envoy to Yemen invites warring parties to meet in September

Hugh Fox
August 6, 2018

At least 26 people were killed and dozens were wounded in air strikes blamed on the Saudi-led coalition near a hospital and popular fish market in the Yemeni city of Hudaida, Yemeni medical sources and aid agencies said on Thursday.

These near-term diplomatic efforts are highly unlikely to succeed given the escalation of force and unwavering positions of both sides.

"Just a few days ago, there was an airstrike that hit a few hundred meters away - showing just how unstable and unsafe the situation there has become", Kirolos said. "We pursue any allegations and if there is any responsibility we will hold it transparently", Colonel Turki al-Malki told Al Arabiya television.

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. "I saw people running and bodies in the street".

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The United Nations special envoy to Yemen is planning to invite the warring parties to Geneva next month to discuss a framework for peace talks.

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.

However a Saudi spokesman said the coalition had not flown over Hudaydah, blaming the attack on rebels instead.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Sunni Muslim allies have been fighting in Yemen with Western backing for more than three years against the Iran-aligned Houthis.

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Yemen's war has killed almost 10,000 people, with more than eight million Yemenis at risk of starvation.

"The scenes coming from Hodeida are horrific".

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Yemen has become the "worst humanitarian crisis in the world", the European Union said, demanding the protection of civilians who continue to die in the three-year-old conflict. The coalition has taken control of the airport and not the seaport, Al Jazeera reported.

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In Geneva, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned that Yemen is likely to be struck by another "major wave" of cholera cases, calling for a three-day truce to allow vaccinations.

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