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Saudis Deny Role in Attacks That Killed Civilians in Yemeni Port

The Crimson Cross on Friday reported a close to doubling of the loss of life toll from assaults on a rebel-held Yemeni seaport below siege by a Saudi-led coalition, describing the killings and destruction as a horrific disregard of worldwide legislation.

As recriminations over Thursday’s assaults escalated, the Saudis and their army companions within the Yemen battle denied any accountability and blamed their enemies, the Houthis, the Yemeni rebel group that controls the seaport, Al Hudaydah.

At the very least 55 civilians had been killed and 170 had been wounded by bombings that struck densely crowded areas of the seaport, together with a fish market and areas round Al Thawra Hospital, the Worldwide Committee of the Crimson Cross stated in a press release from its Yemen delegation. It didn’t establish who was accountable.

“The scenes coming from Hudaydah are horrific,” the assertion stated. “The disregard of worldwide humanitarian legislation in Yemen can’t be tolerated.”

Margaret Coker contributed reporting.

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