Coalition spokesman accuses Houthis of killing civilians

Coalition spokesman accuses Houthis of killing civilians

A Saudi-led Sunni coalition, which has the backing of the United States, has been at war with the Iran-backed Houthis since 2015 to restore the government of Hadi.

"The airstrikes of the drone Kasif-1 hit King Khaled military base in Khamis Mushait City of Asir Province", Houthis said in a statement.

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.

On June 13, the coalition began a major offensive to retake Hodeidah city from the Houthi rebels.

A missile attack last week against a Saudi oil tanker in the Red Sea by Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi fighters drove home the dangers to global shipping from a seemingly unwinnable war in the impoverished country.

The spokesman presented evidence including pictures he said showed the Houthi mortars used in the attack and maps of Hodeidah showing coalition targets in relation to the location of the hospital.

Protesters on Friday condemned airstrikes conducted by the so-called coalition led by the regime in Riyadh that hit a hospital and a fishing harbor in Hudaydah on Thursday and left at least 55 people killed and 130 others wounded.

The coalition has already said it did not carry out any operations in Hodeidah on the day of the attack.

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The operation continues despite the United Nations warnings of a possible humanitarian catastrophe.

"The consecutive air strikes in the city of Hodeidah have once again claimed dozens of lives with many people injured", the European Union statement said.

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.

More than 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen's civil war, which has displaced 2 million people and helped spawn a cholera epidemic.

Lise Grande, UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, earlier said hundreds of thousands of people depend on Al-Thawra.

Hodeidah has been under the control of the Houthis since 2014, and was responsible for delivering 70 percent of Yemen's imports - mostly humanitarian aid, food and fuel.

On a positive note, Griffiths said he was "greatly encouraged by the common desire of the parties to have prisoners of war released", adding "I want to see this moving forward before we meet in Geneva".

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