United Nations to convene Yemen talks in Geneva next month

United Nations to convene Yemen talks in Geneva next month

United Nations to convene Yemen talks in Geneva next month

Twenty-six people were killed and 35 others were wounded in Saudi-led coalition air strikes on the fishing port and fish market in the Yemeni city of Hudaydah, Yemeni medical sources told Reuters on Thursday.

The UAE is part of a Saudi-led military coalition that has been fighting the Shiite Houthi rebels since March 2015, in order to defend the internationally recognized Yemeni government under President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Yemeni officials and witnesses say recent heavy fighting between pro-government forces and Shiite rebels in the port province of Hodeida has killed at least 80 people on both sides.

The Center also called for "full compliance with the provisions of global humanitarian law", saying Houthis were in violation of this following the attack which killed dozens of civilians.

An AP report put the death toll as high as 28 after the air strikes hit close to the city's main public hospital Al Thawra.

UN-brokered political talks on Yemen broke down in 2016 amid demands for a rebel withdrawal from key cities and power-sharing with the Saudi-backed government.

"This crime is not the first one committed by the Houthi militias against civilians in Hodeidah or elsewhere by indiscriminate bombing of residential neighbourhoods", he said. Pro-government forces backed by the coalition were close to capturing the city before pausing the offensive last month to allow United Nations mediation efforts to continue.

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.

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"Hospitals are protected under worldwide humanitarian law".

"With the economy in tatters and health and sanitation facilities throughout the country destroyed, conditions are now rampant for disease and starvation to spread", said Tamer Kirolos, Save the Children's Yemen Country Director.

The attack followed accusations by Saudi Arabia that Houthi rebels had attacked a Saudi oil vessel in a shipping lane in the Red Sea last week.

"The impact of the strikes is appalling".

The halt to retaliatory attacks in the Red Sea is aimed at "preserving the Yemeni bloods and in response to the regional and global moves and efforts aiming to bring peace", he noted.

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.

Speaking at a meeting of the UN Security Council, Griffiths said it is time to resume a political process in Yemen to resolve the crisis, alluding to previous peace talks that failed.

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