Saudi-led coalition strikes on Yemen’s Hodeidah fishing port kill 26

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It added that the raid, blamed on the Saudi-led coalition of Arab countries fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen, targeted the city's busy fishing market and port and the main gate of the al-Thawra hospital.

Lise Grande, UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, earlier said hundreds of thousands of people depend on Al-Thawra, the country's largest hospital.

According to Al-Arabiya, the spokesman for the coalition forces, Colonel Turki al-Malki, said the Houthi militias carried out the killing of civilians in Hodeidah, denying that the coalition had carried out any attacks.

The U.N. envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, on Thursday told the Security Council that the United Nations will invite Yemen's warring sides for talks in Geneva on September 6 to discuss a framework for peace negotiations.

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 airstrikes of the drone Kasif-1 hit King Khaled military base in Khamis Mushait City of Asir Province", Houthis said in a statement.

Appointed past year to lead UN peace efforts in Yemen, Griffiths said there had been progress in talks on a possible deal with the Houthis to turn over control of the port to the United Nations "but the gap is not closed".

Yemen's civil war began in 2014.




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.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been attacking Yemen since March 2015 with logistical support from the United States in an attempt to reinstate the internationally recognised government of Yemeni President Abu-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who was ousted by Houthi Rebels from the capital Sanaa.

Most of the aid supplies arriving in Yemen come through Hodeidah.

"You have heard the statistics many times: more than 22 million people - 75 per cent of the population - require humanitarian assistance and protection".

On Friday, the UN's World Health Organisation said Yemen may be on the brink of a new cholera epidemic, with greater chance of a high death rate due to widespread malnutrition.

Pro-Yemeni government activists and media accused the Houthis of targeting the civilians with ballistic missiles, but residents in the rebel-held city told MEE that they heard the buzzing of warplanes.

United Nations special envoy Martin Griffiths has held talks with both sides in recent weeks in hopes of preventing a full-scale coalition assault on Hodeida.

Two ambulances were also destroyed, it said.

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