At least 20 dead in strikes on Yemen's Hodeida: medics

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

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

The United Nations Yemen mediator said on Thursday he plans to invite the warring parties to Geneva on september 6 to discuss a framework for peace talks and confidence-building measures as he tries to negotiate an end to the more than three-year conflict.

In a statement issued late on Thursday, the ministry said the attacks, which targeted the city's Public al-Thawra Hospital and a busy fishing port, wounded at least 124 Yemenis.

The Yemeni authorities and their backers are demanding that the Huthis withdraw from Hodeida and that the government retakes control.

A Saudi-led Sunni coalition, which has the backing of the United States, has been at war with the Iran-backed Houthis since 2015 to restore the government of Hadi.

"The unilateral halt in naval military operations will be for a limited time period and could be extended and include all fronts if this move is reciprocated by the leadership of the [Saudi-led] coalition", SRC head Mohammed Ali al-Houthi said. "The Houthi militia are behind killing of civilians in Hodeidah on Thursday", he said.

Thousands of Yemenis took to the streets of Sanaa on Friday to protest the military actions undertaken by the Saudi-led coalition in their country.

Yemen's war has killed almost 10,000 people and triggered what the United Nations calls the world's largest single humanitarian crisis.

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"Most of these mines are internationally banned anti-vehicle and anti-personnel mines that originate from different sources, in addition to 288 locally devised or Iranian-made mines", the Saudi official stated.

Saudi Arabia announced Saturday the dismantling of 919 mines in Yemen in two weeks, revealing that Houthis had planted 1 million mines over the past three years.

"The scenes coming from Hodeida are horrific".

The UN had been trying to broker a deal to avert an attack on Hodeidah by the Saudi alliance due to fears it would further hinder Yemenis' access to food, fuel and medicine; worsening the world's most urgent humanitarian crisis.

As Common Dreams reported, global aid groups have warned that an attempt by the Saudi-led coalition to take control of the port city could imperil shipments of life-saving food and medicine to millions of Yemenis as they face widespread food shortages and a worsening cholera epidemic.

In Geneva, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned that Yemen is likely to be struck by another "major wave" of cholera cases, calling for a three-day truce to allow vaccinations.

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