Airstrikes on Yemeni hospital and market kill at least 55

Airstrikes on Yemeni hospital and market kill at least 55

There was no immediate comment from the Saudi-led coalition.

According to several reports, the Saudi-led air campaign against Yemen has driven the impoverished country towards humanitarian disaster, as Saudi Arabia's deadly campaign prevented the patients from travelling overseas for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country.

The coalition began a concerted effort six weeks ago to drive the Houthis from the city, but the United Nations has organized talks, beginning September 6, to help end the conflict.

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.

In Hodeidah, one of the Yemeni army's largest offensives against the Houthi rebels is underway.

An EU statement on Saturday highlighted the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, which recently witnessed a bloody assault that killed at least 55 people and was blamed on air strikes by the Saudi-Emirati coalition fighting there.

"The Arab Coalition did not conduct any operations in Hodeidah today", Al Malki said.

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In another development, Martin Griffiths, Yemen's envoy to the United Nations, said the world body was going to invite warring sides for talks on September 6 in Geneva.

Al-Jaber reiterated Saudi Arabia's support to the legitimate Yemeni forces, completion of the reconstruction program and realization of Saudi programs in all Yemeni region.

Fighting around the port has raised United Nations fears of a new humanitarian catastrophe in a country already at the brink of starvation and a deadly cholera epidemic.

But their trek to safer areas is perilous as families often find themselves "having to fearless minefields, airstrikes and being forced to cross areas of active fighting all in a bid to escape" the fighting in Hodeida, a statement from the group said.

Fighting began in 2014 when the Houthi Shia Muslim rebel movement took advantage of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi's weakness and seized control of northern Saada province and neighbouring areas.

"There is a war on children in Yemen - very few places are safe for a Yemeni child", she added. "Everything we are trying to do to stem the world's worst cholera epidemic is at risk".

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday warned that Yemen was likely to be struck by another "major wave" of cholera cases after the airstrikes on Hudaydah struck water facilities and medical infrastructure.

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