Fresh air strikes hit Yemen's Hodeida province, damages water plant : UN
The UN envoy to Yemen has reportedly been pushing for a deal to end the violence in which the rebels cede control of the port to a UN-supervised committee.
"On 26, 27 and 28 July, air strikes occurred near a reproductive health centre and public laboratory in Hodeida and hit and damaged a sanitation facility in Zabid and a water station, which supplies the majority of the water to Hodeida City," the office of the UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen said in a statement.
"These air strikes are putting innocent civilians at extreme risk," the statement said.
The UN office said that "damage to sanitation, water and health facilities jeopardises everything we are trying to do" and warned, "we could be one airstrike away from an unstoppable epidemic".
The strikes come less than one month after the United Arab Emirates, part of a Saudi-led coalition backing the Yemeni government, said it had suspended an offensive to take the port city to give UN mediation efforts a chance.
On June 13, Saudi Arabia and its allies in a pro-government coalition launched a major offensive to retake Hodeida, through which 70 percent of Yemen's food imports flow.
Earlier this year, the coalition imposed a near-total blockade on the port alleging it was being used as a conduit for arms smuggling to the rebels by its regional arch-rival Iran.
The UAE has rejected the Huthi's offer, demanding an unconditional withdrawal from the port and city.
Nearly 10,000 people have been killed in the war between Yemen's government and Huthi insurgents, including 2,200 children.
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