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Saudi Arabia sends evidence to UN of deadly Houthi attack on Hodeidah hospital

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Saudi Arabia on Saturday sent a letter to the UN Security Council that included “evidence of the involvement of Houthi militias” in the targeting of a hospital in Hodeidah and other civilian sites on Thursday in a series of explosions.

The letter demanded immediate action against the militias to disarm and implement the relevant UN resolutions.

A Red Cross statement denouncing the "reprehensible" disregard for human life said 55 civilians were killed and 170 injured "when a series of explosions rocked densely populated districts of the coastal city, including a fish market and the area around Al-Thawra Hospital."

The Arab Coalition for the Support of Legitimacy in Yemen earlier accused the Houthi militias of carrying out the attacks.

Spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki, said the coalition has developed many rules of engagement because of the nature of military operations. “We apply the highest international standards in targeting operations in Yemen,” he said.

“Houthi militias continue to violate international laws in Yemen,” he added. “There are 22 million Yemenis affected by the Houthi coup on legitimacy.”

Col. Malki said the collision of a ship in Hodeidah confirms the failure of the militias in the management of the port, stressing that the control of the Houthis on the West Coast hurts the Yemenis and the international community.

“We are continuing our operations to restore the port of Hodeidah and the West Coast in Yemen,” he added.