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UN voices concern over escalation in Yemen’s Hudaydah

Houthi rebels accuse Saudi-led coalition of carrying air raids in Hudaydah on Saturday

Ali Aweidah   | 03.01.2021
UN voices concern over escalation in Yemen’s Hudaydah


The UN Mission Support the Hudaydah Agreement (UNMHA) expressed concern on Sunday over reports of aerial activity in the coastal Yemeni province.

The escalation followed “a period of increased aerial activity, civilian casualties, and growing ceasefire violations in the governorate”, UNMHA said on Twitter.

“The Mission is closely monitoring the situation and engaging in a multilateral response to prevent any further escalation of violence in parts of Hudaydah,” it added.

On Saturday, Houthi-affiliated Al Masirah TV reported that Saudi-led Arab coalition aircraft launched two air raids near the port of al-Hudaydah describing the incident as "the latest breach” of the 2018 UN-brokered ceasefire deal with the Yemeni government in Sweden.

Al-Hudaydah city along with its seaport is held by the Houthi rebels, while the Yemeni army is controlling the city’s outskirts.

On Friday, five women were killed and a dozen injured when a shell struck a wedding hall in the province.

Yemen has been wracked by violence and instability since 2014, when Houthi rebels captured much of the country, including the capital Sanaa.

A Saudi-led coalition aimed at reinstating the Yemeni government has worsened the situation, causing one of the world’s worst man-made humanitarian crisis as millions are on the brink of starvation.

*Ibrahim Mukhtar contributed to this report from Ankara

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