Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Yemeni govt urges UNSC to take firm actions on situation in Hodeidah

Yemeni govt urges UNSC to take firm actions on situation in Hodeidah

The International Red Cross, which supports the al-Thawra hospital, reported that it had sent surgical supplies enough to treat up to 50 patients who are critically injured in the attack.

For a little more than three years, Yemen has been locked in a seemingly intractable civil war that has killed almost 10,000 people - two-thirds of them civilians - and pushed millions to the brink of starvation, according to the United Nations.

He called on Council members to "urge the parties to resolve this conflict through negotiation rather than through military means", explaining that he will invite the warring parties to Geneva on 6 September for a round of talks. "I saw people running and bodies in the street".

The Houthis, a militant political movement based on the Zaidi branch of Shia Islam, today controls the city and most of the country's densely populated north, including the capital of Sanaa.

On Thursday, Martin Griffiths, the United Nations envoy to Yemen, told a Security Council meeting that he had called for talks between the warring parties to take place on September 6 in Geneva.

Saudi-backed Yemeni government forces launched an offensive earlier in June to take back the Houthi-controlled areas of Hajjah, Taiz and South Hodeidah.

According to the United Nations envoy, the consultations will provide the opportunity for the conflicting parties to discuss the framework for negotiations, agree on relevant confidence-building measures and specific plans for moving the process forward.

Rebel-run media outlets have accused the coalition of carrying out Thursday s attacks in Hodeida.

"We are continuing our operations to restore the port of Hodeidah and the West Coast in Yemen", he added.

Strikes have picked up again around Hodeida since the Saudis last week said that two oil tankers operated by one of the kingdom's companies were attacked in the waters of the Red Sea.

By shedding the blood of the Yemeni people and attacking civilian targets such as hospitals, residential houses and public places, Saudi Arabia is making up for its defeats and failures in the battlefields, the spokesman said.

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.

"We're calling on all parties to the conflict. for three full days of tranquility and to lay down arms to allow us to vaccinate the civilian population for cholera", World Health Organization emergency response chief Peter Salama said.

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