Saudi-led coalition conducted two air strikes in north-eastern Hodeidah

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Qatari news channel Al-Jazeera, referring to local sources, said the Saudi aggression coalition had conducted two air strikes on Thursday, May 16, against Yemeni army positions in north-eastern Hudaydah city.

After two years of suspension of negotiations, the Yemeni National Salvation Government and a delegation from Yemen’s resigning government finally launched peace talks in Stockholm, Sweden, in mid-December 2018. Under the terms of the agreement, both sides were to leave Hudaydah to protect the port from attack and to make the land conducive to further negotiations, thus ending four years of war in that country.

But this agreement was not made because of the permanent violation of the ceasefire in Hudaydah by the Saudi coalition. Ansarallah eventually unilaterally withdrew his forces from Hudaydah this week.

On the same side, the British newspaper The Guardian today reported the collapse of the ceasefire agreement in Hudaydah.

Speaking to the United Nations Security Council in New York, UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths warned that the alarming escalation of clashes could wipe out progress in Hudaydah while other officials in the United Nations had warned of an upcoming cholera outbreak during the rainy season.

Tension increased two days after the drone strikes launched by Ansarullah fighters against Saudi oil facilities.

Meanwhile, at least 60 people were killed or wounded on Thursday in air raids fighter planes of the Saudi aggression coalition targeting residential areas in Sanaa, Yemen’s capital.

At least six people were killed and dozens more injured in the bombing of coalition aircraft, which dropped their bombs on residential areas of the capital.

“The coalition has conducted 11 air strikes against Sanaa,” Yemeni TV channel Al-Masirah reported.

According to the Yemeni Minister of Health, six civilians, including four children, were killed and 52 injured, including two Russian women working in the health sector.

Most of the injured are in critical condition.

According to an eyewitness, the air raids began around 8 am (5 pm GMT).

The number of victims is likely to increase due to the shortage of drugs and medical equipment, whose origin is in a blockade that has lasted more than 50 months.

The Yemeni Ministry of Health has condemned in the strongest terms this crime committed by the Saudi-Emirati coalition, which has the strong support of the United States and the United Kingdom. According to this Yemeni body, Saudi and Emirati attackers are massacring defenseless Yemeni citizens to the knowledge and knowledge of the UN and its affiliates.

“Contrary to the allegations of the Saudi aggression coalition, which claims to have targeted a military area dedicated to making drones, it was a populated residential area. We call on the United Nations and all international bodies to go there to investigate the crime and to reveal the truth to the world,” said the Yemeni Ministry of Health.

The Saudi news channel Al-Arabiya acknowledged in a report that the most densely populated residential areas in the center of Sanaa have been blindly bombed and that many houses have been razed.

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