Deadly Houthi attack on Hodeidah hospital ‘a violation of international law’

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The Comprehensive Humanitarian Assistance Center in Yemen briefed the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Yemen on the recent events in Hodeidah.

It also reviewed the statement issued by Arab Coalition regarding the involvement of the Houthi militia in a deadly attack on civilians on Thursday on a hospital and fish market in Hodeidah.

The Center “expressed its sympathy and deep sorrow for the deaths of innocent civilians in Yemen, stressing the need to spare civilians in all Yemeni governorates the effects of the conflict,” according to a Saudi Press Agency statement on Sunday.

The Center also called for “full compliance with the provisions of international humanitarian law,” saying Houthis were in violation of this following the attack which killed dozens of civilians.

The Center also expressed its condolences to the families and families of the victims, stressing its continued efforts and maximum cooperation to assist the Yemeni people in coordination with the Yemeni government, coalition forces and humanitarian and relief organizations operating in Yemen.

The coalition launched a comprehensive humanitarian operations plan in Yemen on January 22, through which Yemen's humanitarian response plan for 2018 was funded with $1.25 billion from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait.

The plan included the establishment of the Comprehensive Humanitarian Assistance Center in Yemen to coordinate humanitarian action in Yemen to communicate and answer the questions and needs of humanitarian organizations working in Yemen and provide support to relief workers.

The plan also included a number of initiatives to improve the humanitarian situation in Yemen and to promote delivery and distribution of aid to cities and the Yemeni governorates, through a number of projects to improve roads and ports.