The fight has escalated since US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis a week ago…
The fight has escalated since US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis a week ago called on all participants in the Civil War in Yemen to agree on the firearms for the next 30 days and launch peace talks.
“The upturn in violence is some of the toughest battles we’ve seen in months and months,” said UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen Lise Grande to CNN.
Humanitarian workers fear that more than 100 civilian deaths could have occurred in the last week alone in Hodeidah, CNN has learned.
The city with its important port stations leading to the UN and other humanitarian aids has become the center of the conflict in Yemen between Arab Allied leaders of Saudi Arabia and Houthi rebels
UN Children‘s Office Unicef warned that intense fighting in Hodeidah puts children at the city hospital in serious danger.
The life of 59 children is in danger, says 25, including an intensive care center at the city’s al-Thawra hospital.
Hodeidah and related governments account for 40% of 400,000 children in the country suffering from severe acute malnutrition, UNICEF said. “Some of the sickest are taken to the hospital for emergency care,” added.
At the same time, up to 80% of Yemen’s humanitarian supplies, fuel and commercial goods are being delivered through Hodeidah’s port, which has been intensified, according to the agency.
“The tolls in life can be catastrophic if the port is damaged, destroyed or blocked,” warned.
The three-year conflict between the United States-baked, Saudi Arabian leadership and the Iranian-adjusted Houthis has destroyed Yemen and killed at least 10,000 people.
The Saudi government ruled on Monday that it had made significant gains in the battle to capture Hodeidah from Houthis.
The uprisings noted an escalation in airstrikes saying that this opposed previous week’s calls to force weapons.
“We strongly condemn the deliberate orientation of residential areas (of the coalition) and believe it is an attempt to prevent any talks aimed at stopping the war and achieving peace, Sade Houthi leader Mohammed Ali al-Houthi in a statement.
A Yemeni journalist near Houthis told CNN Wednesday that the Saudi-ruled coalition had launched 400 airstrikes in Hodeidah in recent days.
“The Coalition uses Kilo 16 – a road connecting the capital, Sanaa and Hodeidah – as a battlefield” , said Hussain Albukhaiti to CNN by telephone. “The coalition distributed leaflets two months ago warning people and their cars to stay away from that road.”
The Koalition said in September that its targeted activities in Yemen resembled the “highest international status ears “and promised to investigate incidents of civilian deaths reported by CNN.
UN experts from the World Food Program say that the coalition bombings of civilians are potential war crimes and that its partial blockade of the country has put 12 million men, women and children at risk for starvation in what could become the worst famine for 100 years.
head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization José Graziano da Silva, Tuesday called the situation in Yemen “an unprecedented human tragedy”.
The US President Donald Trump’s administration has criticized activists and thus members of Congress for their support for the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthis in Yemen and for the recent administration of the coalition that the coalition did enough to avoid civilian victims.
The United States is now working to capitalize on what Greetings as a new leverage with Saudi Arabia after a global scandal over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to end the brutal civil war in Yemen, several US officials told CNN last week .
CNN’s Jomana Karadsheh contributed to this report.