Yemen war: Deadly 'air strike' near hospital in rebel-held port

Yemen war: Deadly 'air strike' near hospital in rebel-held port

It added that the raid, blamed on the Saudi-led coalition of Arab countries fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen, targeted the city's busy fishing market and port and the main gate of the al-Thawra hospital. Both figures are likely to rise as the situation becomes clearer.

The Center also expressed its condolences to the families and families of the victims, stressing its continued efforts and maximum cooperation to assist the Yemeni people in coordination with the Yemeni government, coalition forces and humanitarian and relief organizations operating in Yemen.

Relatives of victims gather around their bodies outside a hospital morgue after an air strike hit a fish market in Hudaida, Yemen.

Saudi Arabia has led an Arab military coalition to intervene in the Yemen war since 2015 to support the government of exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Meanwhile, the United Nations envoy for Yemen has invited the warring parties to talks in September aimed at ending the three-year conflict, saying the pace of fighting has increased and the Red Sea is now a theatre of war.

The Yemeni authorities and their backers are demanding that the Huthis withdraw from Hodeida and that the government retakes control.

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

Saudi Colonel Turki al-Malki said on Al Arabiya television on Thursday: "Coalition did not carry out any operations in Hodeidah today".

Griffiths is planning to invite the two sides to Geneva in September for consultations aimed at convening peace talks, to "discuss a framework of negotiations and specific plans for moving the process forward".

However, Saudi Arabia claimed that Houthi fighters had attacked two oil tankers in the Red Sea, and thus it had made a decision to halt oil shipments via Bab el-Mandeb until the waterway was safe.

Saudi Arabia says the Houthis are using the seaport to bring in weapons from Iran.

About 70 percent of Yemen's food imports flow through Hodeidah port; about 8.4 million Yemenis are said by aid workers to be on the verge of starvation.

Coalition sea vessels and ground troops have been involved in the Hodeidah offensive as well, according to Saudi state media. However, these parties have made their standpoints clear: the Yemeni government demands that Houthis leave al-Hudaydah port city, and the Houthis demand that the coalition halt its attacks.

Yemen may be on the brink of a new cholera epidemic, with a heightened death rate due to widespread malnutrition, the World Health Organisation has said.

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