“More than 65 civilians in the province of Taiz, Yemen have been killed in Saudi-led air strikes today, including 17 people from one family”.
The Saudi monarchy and the US are seeking to reinstate former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, who was forced to flee the country in the face of a Houthi assault on Aden.
Checkpoints were set up to demonstrate the unquestionable will of Southern Resistance members to separate from the north, Shuaibi, who was present at the newly drawn perimeter, said. The Saudi-led coalition then formed against the rebels, whom it accuses Iran of supporting militarily.
On the same day these reports were released, Saudi coalition jets launched an attack on the port in the city of Hodeida.
Yemen’s foreign minister in exile has upped the ante, saying the war may soon end with the violent downfall of the Houthis’ leader and their ally, ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Initially, Yemen’s al-Qaeda branch was suspected in the attack.
Yesterday, Arab air strikes hit targets throughout northern Yemen, local officials said, as the front lines approach Houthi strongholds there.
Only seven of Taiz’s 21 hospitals are now open but they are “totally overwhelmed” and have run out of essential medication, MSF said.
The EU condemned the attacks.
Medics and witnesses said a total of 29 people, mostly women and children, were killed in the air raid and up to 40 others were wounded, as rescue operations continued to search for possible survivors from under the rubble.
Without pointing fingers, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and humanitarian aid commissioner Christos Stylianides called on “all parties to the conflict to refrain from deliberately targeting civilian infrastructure”, in a joint statement.
Amnesty said that since March Saudi-led coalition airstrikes have killed hundreds of Yemeni civilians.
More than 4,300 people have been killed in the war, a lot of them civilians.
“This conflict is a particular tragedy for Yemeni children”, Julien Harneis, UNICEF Representative in Yemen, said. It noted around eight children have been killed or wounded in the war every day.
The kingdom feared the Houthis’ ties to Tehran meant its southern neighbour would fall under Iranian influence, but the militia denies being beholden to the Islamic republic and says it is trying to save Yemen from jihadists and Western imperialism.
The Venus, operated by United Arab Shipping Co., had a cargo of 350 containers of products ordered by businesses in Aden, which was retaken by pro-government forces last month, said port deputy director Aref al-Shaabi. Disease and hunger continues to spread across the country.
The head of the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that after nearly five months of fighting, a lack of unhindered access to people who urgently need humanitarian assistance and a shortage of funding are creating the possibility of starvation for millions in Yemen.
“Ten of the 22 governorates in Yemen in July were already at emergency levels”.