At least 20 Houthi rebel fighters have been killed in a series of airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition over the past 24 hours in Yemen’s northwestern border city of Medi, the Yemeni government said in a statement on Saturday.
In the latest shelling, twelve Yemeni civilians including women and children have been killed in an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition northeast of the capital Sanaa, an official, residents and Houthis’ media said, Al Jazeera reported.
Seeking an end to this “man-made suffering”, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) which mobilizes and coordinates humanitarian assistance to people in Yemen, said that the conflict in Yemen has “unleashed widespread fear, helplessness and death to children, women and men”.
The coalition has been repeatedly criticised for attacking civilians during the conflict.
Sunday’s statement by the Geneva-based ICRC came less than a week after an global rights group said the Saudi-led coalition was killing children in what amounts to war crimes.
More than 8,000 people have been killed, including at least 1,500 children, and millions displaced in the conflict which has pushed the impoverished country to the brink of starvation. Saudi Arabia has been accused of carrying out war crimes in its neighbouring country. This has put the lives of thousands of patients wanting medical treatment outside at risk.
“Today the port of Hodeidah is being threatened and we can not turn a blind eye to that”, Abdel-Malek said.”If the Saudi regime and with a green light from the USA attack Hodeidah then we have to take steps that we haven’t taken before”.
Yemen has been devastated by more than two years of civil war in which President Abd Rabu Hadi’s government, backed by the coalition, is fighting to drive the Iran-allied Houthis out of cities they seized in 2014 and 2015 in a rapid rise to national power.