Airstrikes in Yemen leave at least 28 dead

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

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

Reporting to the UN Security Council after the attack, UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths said: "Recently, and despite all our efforts, the pace of war has increased".

An AP report put the death toll as high as 28 after the air strikes hit close to the city's main public hospital Al Thawra.

Mr Bin Mubarak said the council need to take a firm stand on the Houthi rebels retaining access to strategic areas from which they were launching attacks on worldwide shipping.

HODEIDAH, Yemen - The Saudi-led coalition spokesman accused Houthi militia of being behind an attack that killed and wounded dozens of civilians in Hodeidah in Yemen on Thursday, adding the coalition did not carry out any operations in the port city.

It was struck near the port of Hodeida in Yemen, where Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have been attacking the Houthis for the past few months.

The Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen's internationally recognised government has been seeking to retake rebel-held areas along Yemen's west coast, including Hudaida.

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.

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Despite the Houthis' lack of an air force, the Saudi-led coalition laid the blame at the rebels' door, and insisted it was not behind the strike. Fighting has been ongoing in the district, about 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) south of Hodeida International Airport, they said.

Yemen's war has killed almost 10,000 people and triggered what the United Nations calls the world's largest single humanitarian crisis, with more than eight million Yemenis at risk of starvation.

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.

During his meeting with Saudi Ambassador to the U.N. Abdallah Al-Mouallimi and the UAE's Ambassador to the U.N. Lana Nusseibeh, Griffiths discussed his recent consultations on the political process in Yemen.

"The scenes coming from Hudaydah are horrific", the statement said.

Yemen has become the "worst humanitarian crisis in the world", the European Union said, demanding the protection of civilians who continue to die in the three-year-old conflict.

On the same day that the United Nations announced the upcoming talks, an air raid on the Yemeni Red Sea town of Hodeida - controlled by Houthis - led to some 55 civilian deaths and 170 injuries, according to Red Cross reports.

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