Date :Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 | Time : 10:18 |ID: 77608 | Print

At least 149 people, including 7 civilians killed in 24 hours in Hodeidah

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SHAFAQNA- At least 149 Yemenis, including seven civilians, have been killed in the past 24 hours of attacks by the Riyadh-led coalition on al-Hudaydah Port.

Medics in hospitals across the city – which is the main gateway for imports and relief supplies into Yemen – said on Monday that 110 Houthi and 32 pro-government soldiers had been killed in overnight fighting.

Sources at the Al-Alfi military hospital said charred body parts had been delivered there overnight.

Meanwhile, a military official in Hodeidah told the AFP news agency that seven civilians had died in clashes without giving further details.

Fighting was raging in eastern and southern areas of Hodeidah city. Some of the fighting is on the streets of residential areas, something that is causing concern about the safety and welfare of the people still holed up in the city. “There are people stuck there who could not find ways of leaving because of the blocked roads and many checkpoints set up by Houthi fighters, Aljazeera reported from neighbouring Djibouti.

Since November 1, there have been more than 200 air attacks reported in the city, with the AFP news agency reporting nearly 600 deaths.

On Monday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that the destruction of the vital Yemeni port of Hodeidah could trigger a “catastrophic” situation.

“If the port at Hodeidah is destroyed, that could create an absolutely catastrophic situation,” Guterres told France Info radio during a trip to Paris.

The Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights on Sunday said the United Nations and the Security Council are responsible for the Saudi crimes in Yemen, condemning continuation of attacks by the Riyadh-led coalition on al-Hudaydah Port, IRNA reported.

The renewed fighting comes as a new round of peace talks to end the war, which has killed more than 56,000 people according to a recent estimate, was pushed back to late December after it was scheduled to take place in Sweden in November.

Bessma Momani, a professor of political science at Canada’s University of Waterloo said the Saudi-UAE military alliance was trying to take control of Hodeidah ahead of the summit.

“I think that’s the strategy overall, but of course it comes at an enormous cost for civilians,” Momani told Al Jazeera.

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