In Yemen killed 250,000 people

Elias Hubbard
June 13, 2018

Airstrikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition with logistical and intelligence support from the United States have killed and wounded thousands of civilians, often in indiscriminate attacks, human rights groups say.

In a statement issued on Friday, Grande expressed her concern that "Up to 250,000 people could lose everything, even their lives" as a result of a possible military attack on the coastal city of Hodeidah.

On Tuesday, a spokesman for the Saudi coalition declared that allied forces were 20 kilometers from Hudaydah, which is controlled by Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement.

A coalition spokesman said on Tuesday that allied forces were 20 km (12 miles) from Houthi-held Hodeidah, but he did not specify whether there were plans for an assault to seize the port, the chief entry point for food and supplies needed to ease a starvation and cholera epidemic.

The peace plan was drafted by special United Nations envoy Martin Griffiths, who is due to present a "framework for negotiations" in Yemen by mid-June.

"Cutting off imports through Hudaida for any length of time will put Yemen's population at extreme, unjustifiable risk", Grande said.

Griffiths is due to submit a report on the Yemeni situation to the UN Security Council on June 18.

Warring sides in Yemen have increasingly used global aid workers as a "pawn" in the country's three-year civil war, the worldwide Committee of the Red Cross said Thursday after removing 71 employees from the country amid security concerns.

A United Nations peace plan for Yemen calls on the Houthi movement to give up its ballistic missiles in return for an end to a bombing campaign against it by a Saudi-led coalition and a transitional governance agreement, according to a draft of the document and sources.

The International Committee of the Red Cross says it has pulled 71 staff members out of Yemen after a series of incidents and threats in the war-torn country.

The Red Sea port has provided a lifeline - the gateway for 70 percent of Yemen's food supplies, half its fuel needs, and essential medicines for 22 million people.

"ICRC's work in Yemen for more than five decades has assisted victims of armed conflict and violence including displaced people, families of the missing, detainees, mine victims, and those in need of health care in Sana'a, Aden, Taiz, Saada and Hodeida".

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