Saudi-led coalition condemns 'terrorist act' carried out by Houthis in Hodeidah


Horrific images, videos, and witness accounts of the bombing quickly began circulating on social media after airstrikes pounded the vicinity of al-Thawra, Hodeidah's main public hospital.

United Nations special envoy Martin Griffiths has held talks with both sides in recent weeks in hopes of preventing a full-scale coalition assault on Hodeida.

Despite the Houthis' lack of an air force, the Saudi-led coalition laid the blame at the rebels' door, and insisted it was not behind the strike.

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.

The Houthi fighters seized control of much of northern Yemen, including the capital Sanaa, in September 2014, forcing Hadi and his government into exile in Riyadh, capital of Saudi Arabia.

"We have tried to find a way to avoid a battle for the city and the port of Hodeidah and we are still trying", Griffiths told the council, adding that while the gap had been narrowed, he was still concerned that Hodeidah could be a flashpoint.

"Coalition did not carry out any operations in Hodeidah today", al-Malki, told Alarabiya television.

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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.

If the talks take place, they will be the first Yemen peace negotiations in two years.

The Houthis' Twitter and Facebook accounts said the suspension will last two weeks.

She added that airstrikes that nearly crippled the water supply in Hodeida "are starting to show a disregard for the people on the ground in a time when they are already suffering so much".

Earlier, Lise Grande, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, condemned the hospital attack as "shocking". "Incidents in which civilians are killed or injured continue to be reported with alarming regularity", he said, calling all parties to "respect worldwide humanitarian law, including the obligation to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, and to take all feasible precautions to avoid and minimize incidental harm".

Tamer Kirolos, Save the Children's country director for Yemen, described the situation in Hodeida as that in a "ghost town", saying "the streets are empty even in the day and there are checkpoints everywhere".

World Health Organization officials on Friday called on the sides to halt fighting for at least three days for a vaccination effort that aims to prevent another deadly wave of cholera.