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Air strikes on hospital and market in Yemen's Hodeidah kill dozens

Air strikes on hospital and market in Yemen's Hodeidah kill dozens

In a Friday statement, Qassemi called the airstrikes as the last in a series of awful genocide and crimes by Saudi Arabia and its allies in Yemen, and said by taking revenge from Yemeni people and attacking civilian targets like hospitals, residential buildings and public centres, Saudi Arabia and its allies can not make up for their failures and defeats in the battlefield.

"We pursue any allegations and if there is any responsibility we will hold it transparently", Colonel Turki Al Malki told Al Arabiya television.

Mr. Griffiths has been leading efforts to prevent a full-scale coalition assault on Hodeida, which is responsible for more than 70 percent of imports to Yemen and is a vital lifeline for a country already teetering on the brink of starvation. But the Red Cross on Friday said the series of explosion in Hodeidah had killed 55 with dozens more injured.

The warning came a day after a deadly airstrike on the country's largest hospital in the rebel-held port city of Hodeida, where World Health Organization staff were preparing the cholera vaccination drive at the time of the attack. The Saudi Arabia human rights massacre ensued from the air strikes carried out by Saudi and UAE alliance, against Houthi rebels.

The conflict escalated in 2015 when Saudi Arabia and its Sunni-Arab allies launched a massive air campaign in Yemen aimed at rolling back Houthi gains.

Earlier the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Twitter it was sending medical equipment to Al Thawra Hospital to treat 50 people in critical condition following the attack.

Hodeidah port is the main conduit for supplies to Yemen, where around 8.4 million people are believed by aid workers to be on the verge of starvation.

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The Yemen government has called for more political pressure on the Houthis before peace talks being convened by United Nations Special Envoy Martin Griffiths next month. Moreover, the ambulances restrained from carrying the wounded to Sanaa or other cities to avoid Saudi air attacks.

The war in the impoverished country has left almost 10,000 people dead and unleashed what the United Nations describes as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

"Hospitals are protected under worldwide humanitarian law".

Saudi forces have been trying to capture Hodeidah since mid-June.

A Yemeni official told AFP the internationally recognised government would attend the Geneval talks although it was "not optimistic" over the outcome, while there has been no response from the rebels.

Save the Children estimated that 6238 people - half of them children - leave Hodeida on average "every single day".


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