The situation is Yemen is reaching at a catastrophic level as Saudi UAE-led international coalition force is attempting to push forward into Houthi lines, killing scores of people.
In an airstrike Thursday, carried out by the coalition, which is backed by USA and UK and France, 30 people in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah have been killed. The strikes fell close to al-Thawra, the city’s main public hospital and one of the handful medical facilities still operational in Hodeidah, hitting the strategic city’s fishing port and fish market just 20 meters away.
This attack is the latest in a series of airstrikes launched by the coalition. Only last week, an airstrike had killed at least five people of a family in the country’s northern province of Saada. The country has been ravaged by the relentless airstrikes by the international coalition since the the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels seized control of the capital, Sanaa and overthrew the government of President Abd- Rabbu Mansour Hadi in 2015. Since then, more than 10,000 people have been killed and at least 40,000 wounded, mostly from Saudi-led air raids. Some three million people have been displaced, and hundreds of thousands have left the country.
Unicef, the World Food Program (WHP), and the World Health Organization (WHO) have called the situation in Yemen the world’s largest man made humanitarian crisis. The crisis is further exacerbated by the blockade like situation imposed by the coalition forces, which has crippled the supply of essential items like fuel and medicides. The bombing has destroyed country’s water and sanitation infrastructure leading to a Cholera outbreak in 2015. The outbreak, considered to world’s largest led to death of thousands, with number of cases reaching more one million. UN and other aid agencies have warned that the country is facing the danger of another cholera outbreak as the international coalition renewed its push to vest control of the Red Sea port city.