Over 150 killed in weekend violence around Yemen’s Hodeida | Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

04 November, 2018, 20:05 | Author: Donnie King
  • Civilians have borne the brunt of the conflict which has sparked the world's worst humanitarian crisis and a cholera epidemic

"The global community has a real opportunity to halt the senseless cycle of violence and to prevent an imminent catastrophe", Guterres said.

CAIRO, Nov 2 - The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen attacked an airbase near Yemen's Sanaa International Airport used to launch drones, and ballistic missile launch sites near the country's capital, the coalition spokesman told al-Ekhbaria TV early on Thursday.

U.S. defence secretary Jim Mattis and secretary of state Mike Pompeo have called for an end to the Yemen war, including air strikes by the coalition.

Three-quarters of Yemen s 29 million people are food insecure, 1.8 million children suffer from malnutrition and 400,000 children under age 5 are at risk of death from starvation.

The coalition had massed thousands of troops near the city on Wednesday, in a move to pressure the Houthis to return to UN-sponsored peace talks.

The port is controlled by Yemen's Iran-backed Huthi rebels and under blockade by Saudi Arabia and its allies in a government coalition.

Since the intervention, almost 10,000 civilians have been killed, according to the World Health Organization.

Sanaa was mostly hit with airstrikes, while locals reported heavy clashes around Hodeidah, a vital port city that Saudi forces have been massing around all week.

Yemen has turned into a "living hell" for all children with thousands dying every year from malnutrition and easily preventable diseases, a top United Nations official says as Saudi Arabia presses ahead with its bloodshed and atrocities in the course of its three-and-a-half-year-old war against the impoverished country.

The port is the entry point for more than 70% of imports into the impoverished country.

Back in June, coalition forces, backed by armed militia loyal to Hadi, launched a full-scale offensive against the Houthi-held Hudaydah, which is now under a tight siege imposed by the invaders and through whose docks over 70 percent of Yemen's imports used to pass.

Washington, a close Saudi ally, supports coalition forces by refuelling their jets and selling them weapons.

Some rights groups estimate the toll could be five times higher.

The United Nations Children's Fund regional director said over the weekend that Yemeni authorities - both from the pro-government and rebel side - are making it "impossible" to deliver and distribute much-needed humanitarian aid to the country.



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