War-Torn Yemen Restarts Oil Exports

Lamar Ellis
August 4, 2018

The same report also quoted rebel-run Al Masirah TV which said the attack killed 52 people and left more than 100 wounded.

On 13 June, Saudi Arabia and its allies in a pro-government coalition launched a major offensive to retake Hodeidah.

On Thursday medics and witnesses said at least 20 people were killed in an air strike at the entrance to a hospital and the bombardment of a fish market in the Red Sea city of Hodeida.

Relatives of victims gather around their bodies outside a hospital morgue after an air strike hit a fish market in Hudaida, Yemen.

The bombing destroyed an ambulance as it was entering the gates of the hospital, local freelance journalist Ahmad Algohbary reported.

Algohbary said the hospital was targeted when people injured in an earlier attack on a fishing market were being brought there.

A senior United Nations official expressed alarm on Friday at deadly strikes in Yemen's rebel-held port city of Hodeida, as the government said it was ready to attend UN-brokered talks in Geneva. "The Houthi militia are behind killing of civilians in Hodeidah", he said.

"This is shocking", said Ms. Lise Grande, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen.

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Medical officials and the USA blame the Saudi-led coalition, which in turn pins responsibility on the Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

The United Nations' special envoy for Yemen has said he plans to invite the country's warring factions to hold talks in the Swiss city of Geneva in September.

"[It has been] two years since the last round in Kuwait so my principal message and request to this council today is that we urge the parties to resolve this conflict through negotiation rather than through military means", Griffiths said.

The conflict in Yemen began when the Houthis seized the capital Sanaa in 2014 and forced the internationally recognized government to flee to Aden. The Arab coalition intervened in 2015 to return the country to the control of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

The rebels' initiative came a week after Saudi Arabia suspended its oil shipments through the Red Sea strait of Bab al-Mandeb after Houthi fighters attacked two Saudi oil tankers.

On Friday, the World Health Organization warned that Yemen may be on the brink of a new cholera epidemic and called for a three-day truce to allow vaccinations.

More than 10,000 Yemenis, mostly civilians, have been killed in the war, and about 3 million have been displaced.

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