Over 150 killed in weekend violence around Yemen's Hodeida

Geraldine Edwards
November 4, 2018

Turki al-Malki, a spokesman for the coalition, said in TV comments that no flights or global aid efforts at the airport were affected by the airstrikes targeting the al-Dulaimi Air Base in Sanaa. He added that the adjoining Sanaa global airport was still open to air traffic from the United Nations and other relief agencies.

He said a press conference will be held Friday afternoon to provide evidence that the airport is being used by the Houthi to launch attacks.

The war in Yemen between pro-government forces and a coalition led by saudi Arabia to the rebels, Houthis, supported by Iran and who have taken over in 2014 and 2015, large areas of the country, including the capital Sana'a.

Nebenzia said United Nations special envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, is "working on a peace plan that might bring the parties together and finally finish this useless conflict" and Russian Federation wants to hear from him "on new avenues that he's exploring".

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The secretary-general of the united Nations, Antonio Guterres had also called Friday to the end of the "violence" in order to avoid that the country does not fall into a "precipice".

Washington, a close Saudi ally, backs coalition forces by refuelling their jets and selling them weapons.

And he added that Yemen's army had reached the eastern city of Saleh in Hodeidah province after clashes with the Houthi militia, adding that they suffered major losses.

Landmines and Houthi mortar shells killed 20 soldiers during the ongoing offensive in Hodeidah, according to other sources of government-controlled medical centers.

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After UN-backed peace talks collapsed in September, the coalition announced it was relaunching an assault on Hodeida.

The sources in Hodeidah said fighting was heard in areas near the airport and the university, and Apache helicopters were spotted in the sky.

Yemeni officials say fighting has escalated around the key port city of Hodeida, with more than 150 combatants killed over the weekend from both the rebel and government-backed side.

The blockage of aid shipments has threatened starvation in Yemen, warned the United Nations, as fighting between the Yemeni government, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and Houthi rebels, reportedly backed by Iran, continues.

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Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) said that at least 56,000 people have died in the Yemen war, a figure much higher than the 10,000 figure given by most news agencies.

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