A Saudi-led coalition airstrike on a school bus, that killed 40 children and maimed dozens of others in the busy market town of Dhahyan in northern Yemen on August 9, is not Washington's fault, Donald Trump stated in an interview with Axios on Sunday.
Yemeni forces under the command of the United Arab Emirates, a major pillar in the anti-Houthi coalition, are battling Houthis over control of the port and the coalition accuses Houthis of using the port to smuggle in weapons from Iran. The rebels said they had repelled the offensive, killing or wounding 215 troops and destroying 20 armored vehicles.
Military officials said Saudi-led coalition warplanes carried out dozens of air strikes early on Sunday to support pro-government forces in fighting that appear to be approaching the city's main university. The conflict has killed at least 10,000 people and caused the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
"Yemen is today a living hell - not for 50 to 60 percent of the children - it is a living hell for every boy and girl in Yemen", he told a news conference in the Jordanian capital.
Yemen's internationally recognised government On Thursday welcomed a call from the USA for peace in the conflict-torn country, state-run news agency Saba said.
The coalition has deployed thousands of troops to retake Hodeidah, a vital entry point for imports and a lifeline for millions of Yemenis after more than three years of war.More news: Woman who accused Kavanaugh of rape admits she never met him
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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday called for a halt to violence in Yemen to pull the country back from a "precipice" and build momentum toward talks on ending the war.
The UNHCR special envoy, Angelina Jolie, also issued a statement, saying: "As an global community, we have been shamefully slow to act to end the crisis in Yemen".
The United Nations has listed Yemen as the country with world's biggest humanitarian crisis, with seven million Yemenis on the brink of starvation and cholera causing more than 2,000 deaths.
The interview was broadcast four days after the Trump administration demanded a cease-fire and the launch of United Nations -led political talks to end the Yemen conflict, which has devolved into a proxy war between the Saudis and Iran.
The Yemeni government said that it was ready to pursue "all possibilities" to rebuild confidence among the warring parties and demanded the release of everyone held captive by the rebels.
Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened in the war in 2015 to bolster Yemeni president Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi after the rebels took over the capital Sanaa.