Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Over 150 killed in weekend violence around Yemen's Hodeida port city

Houtis Attack Saudi airbase with Drones in Retaliation to Riyadh's Bombing Houthi Leader Urges UN Chief to Help End Saudi War on Yemen
Faye Gross | 05 November, 2018, 07:12

"Subsequently, coalition air strikes must cease in all populated areas", said Mike Pompeo, US secretary of state, on Wednesday.

The port is controlled by Yemen's Iran-backed Huthi rebels and under blockade by Saudi Arabia and its allies in a government coalition.

Mr Hunt said: "For too long in the Yemen conflict both sides have believed a military solution is possible with catastrophic consequences for the people".

The words signal a hardening of tone towards Saudi Arabia, which London has assisted in its more than three-and-a-half year campaign against the Houthi rebels, providing intelligence and continuing to supply Riyadh with warplanes and weapons.

The bloodshed comes despite growing worldwide pressure to end a years-long conflict that has left thousands dead.

In recent weeks, the architect of the Saudi intervention, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has come under increasing scrutiny over the murder of insider-turned-critic and Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Fighting has escalated around Yemen's key port city of Hodeida, with more than 150 combatants killed over the weekend from both the rebel and government-backed sides, officials said Sunday.

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A foreign office source said the plan is to draft a resolution that paves the way for what is being described as a "cessation of hostilities" and peace talks, which lead to a permanent ceasefire. "30,000 children in Yemen die every single year of malnutrition as one of the most important underlying causes".

His remarks appear to presage plans to table a United Nations security council resolution on the crisis, something the UK has resisted for many months, leading to claims that it is siding too much with the Saudis in the bloody four-year civil war. He is due to brief the Security Council on Nov 16.

November 1, 2018 (EIRNS)-The State Department issued a statement yesterday, following up that made by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday, calling for a ceasefire and negotiations in Yemen.

"I urge all concerned parties to seize this opportunity to engage constructively with our current efforts to swiftly resume political consultations to agree on a framework for political negotiations", he said.

The Foreign Secretary's renewed call to support an end to Yemen's conflict followed a meeting with UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths, who has been trying to advance peace talks in the neglected conflict.

"This must be the first priority as we seek to put in place a longer term solution", he added.

Working with local Yemeni journalists and munitions experts, CNN has established that the weapon that left dozens of children dead on August 9 was a 500-pound (227 kilogram) laser-guided MK 82 bomb made by Lockheed Martin, one of the top United States defense contractors.

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