Blamed for targeting RS mills,Houthis say coalitionhit Hodeida airport

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2019-08-23 | Since 4 Week

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Yemen's Houthis accused on Thursday the Saudi-led coalition of hitting the Hodeida airport, as the internationally-recognized government blamed the rebels of shelling the Red Sea Mills in the western port city.

"Aggression forces have bombed the Hodeida airport with medium machineguns," said the rebel-run al-Masyra TV.

No immediate comment has been issued by the coalition on the report.

The legitimate government of Yemen accused the Houthis of shelling the Red Sea Mills, where thousands of tons of the WFP wheat are stored, weeks after the mills had been declared ready to resume production.

Houthis "fired from their positions artillery shells at the RS Mills," said the media center of the pro-government Giant Brigades.

"A mortar shell fell on a building of the mills, igniting fire and causing huge damages," the center added.

On January 24, the RS Mills were hit by mortar shells, leaving two silos destroyed and stored wheat burnt, with two warring parties trading blames for the incident.

Yemen has been racked by a 4-year bloodywarbetween the Yemeni official government's forces, backed by the Saudi-led coalition, and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who ousted the government in 2014.

Yemen conflict hastriggered what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with most of the population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 14 million people risking famine and some 1.8 million children suffering malnutrition.

Parties to the 4-year war in Yemen, after 8-day peace talks in Sweden, reached on the 13th of last December an agreement providing for ceasefire in Hodeida and redeployment of both sides' forces, exchanging prisoners and alleviating blockade imposed by Houthis on Taiz.

But none of this has taken place so far, with both sides trading blames for trying to thwart the deal.

The Red Sea city of Hodeida and its ports have been under Houthi control since late 2014, while Yemeni joint forces loyal to legitimate government and Arab coalition have massed at the city's fringes since last November seeking to retake the strategic port.

 


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