Twenty-six people were killed and 35 others were wounded in Saudi-led coalition air strikes on the fishing port and fish market in the Yemeni city of Hudaydah, Yemeni medical sources told Reuters on Thursday. The provinces are under the control of the elected government that the Houthis are fighting, as a result of the intervention of the Saudi and Emirati forces.
The rescue workers narrated how the body parts were scattered all over the fish market, leaving several crying tears of blood and mourning the death of their kin, after the attacks. Turki al-Malki said Thursday in a television interview.
The Saudi-led coalition began its offensive against Yemen in March 2015 following the overthrow of the corrupt puppet regime of Ali Abdullah Saleh by Houthi rebels in 2014, leading to a political settlement that installed his protégé, Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, before the settlement collapsed and Houthis captured the capital Sanaa once again.
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".
Martin Griffiths, the United Nations special envoy for Yemen, said on Thursday he was inviting the Ansar Allah and Saudi-led coalition for talks in Geneva.
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Speaking to members of the UN Security Council, Griffiths said that "a political solution" to bring an end to the war in this country is "available", and urged world leaders to support this new push for peace negotiations.
Rebel-run media outlets have accused the coalition of carrying out Thursday's attacks in Hodeida.
Saudi Arabia announced that oil shipping through Bab-el-Mendeb Strait resumed on Saturday after it was halted on July 25, following failed attempts by Iran-backed Houthi militias to target two Saudi oil tankers, Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources Khaled al-Faleh announced.
The campaign to take the city threatens to worsen Yemen's humanitarian situation as it is the main entry point for food, humanitarian aid and fuel supplies to the country. The country is now the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
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.