The UN has confirmed on Friday the death of 24 civilians in two bombings launched yesterday against two areas in the province of Al Hudeida, in western Yemen and the object of an offensive by government forces against the Shiite Houthi rebels.
“At least 21 civilians were killed and 10 others were injured when bombings hit a vegetable packing place in Al Masudi, Beit al-Faqih district, in the province of Al Hudeida, the UN Office said in a statement. the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) for Yemen.
The spokesman of the Ministry of Health in the Government of the Houthis, Yusef al Hadri, said on Thursday that the bombing was launched by the Arab coalition, led by Saudi Arabia, although the alliance has not confirmed this information.
On Thursday, another attack was launched on the road of 7 de Julio, in the district of Al Hali, also located in the province of Al Hudeida, against three vehicles that caused the death of three people and sixwounded.
“This is the third time this month that the battle has caused mass casualties in Al Hudeida,” said the UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, Lise Grande, in the note, adding that “civilians are paying a terrible price for the conflict. ”
According to the agency, more than 170 people have been killed and at least 1,700 injured since the military operation against Al Hudeida, controlled by Houthi rebels, began last June by Yemeni government forces, backed by the coalition.
The assault was halted for a few weeks while negotiations were held between the parties to the conflict to stop it, under the auspices of the UN, although they ended up failing and resumed fighting after the failure of the peace consultations convened in early September in Geneva, but that were not carried out due to the absence of the Houthi delegation.
Al Hudeida, on the shores of the Red Sea, is an important part of the Red Sea and is controlled by the Houthis, who have been accused of receiving weapons by sea from Iran.
The Houthis expelled the government of the Yemeni president, Abdo Rabu Mansur Hadi, internationally recognized from Sana’a in September 2014.
The Arab coalition, which has admitted attacks in which dozens of civilians have been killed, intervened in the conflict in March 2015, when the war that caused the worst humanitarian crisis in the world intensified, according to the UN.