55 civilians killed in attacks Thursday on Yemen's Hodeida: Red Cross

55 civilians killed in attacks Thursday on Yemen's Hodeida: Red Cross

55 civilians killed in attacks Thursday on Yemen's Hodeida: Red Cross

Al-Thawra hospital ― Yemen's largest ― is supported by the ICRC, which also said that two ambulances were destroyed in Thursday's attacks.

According to a doctor at Al Thawra Hospital many injured have been transferred to other hospitals and "there is a large number of deaths, and we can not count now because the number is large, above the capacity of the hospital". The Saudi coalition couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

The Saudi-led coalition on Friday accused the Houthi militia of carrying out an attack on a hospital and fish market in Yemen that killed dozens of people.

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.

Other Hodeidah residents, who asked to not to be named, said they heard mortars being fired from a rebel base near the hospital just before the news broke of the attack.

"Contrary to initial media reports and Houthi claims that attributed responsibility to Coalition airstrikes, the available evidence clearly demonstrates that the damage resulted from mortar shells fired from an area close to the impact sites", he said.

"Coalition did not carry out any operations in Hodeidah today", the coalition spokesman, Colonel Turki al-Malki, told Alarabiya television.

Earlier the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Twitter it was sending medical equipment to Al Thawra Hospital to treat 50 people in critical condition following the attack.

Mr. Griffiths has been leading efforts to prevent a full-scale coalition assault on Hodeida, which is responsible for more than 70 percent of imports to Yemen and is a vital lifeline for a country already teetering on the brink of starvation. Fighting around the port has raised United Nations fears of a new humanitarian catastrophe in a country already at the brink of starvation and a deadly cholera epidemic.

Saudi Arabia and its allies launched the war in March 2015 in support of Yemen's former Riyadh-friendly government and against the Houthis. We had to wait an hour or two before we entered to get all their bodies out inside.

At least 10,000 people have been killed in the ensuing violence and power struggle between the Saudi alliance and the Houthi rebels who are backed by Iran.

Speaking at a meeting of the UN Security Council, Griffiths said it is time to resume a political process in Yemen to resolve the crisis, alluding to previous peace talks that failed.

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