Yemen – Bombing in Hudaydah (2 August 2018)


France condemns the bombing which, among other things, caused damage in the vicinity of the city of Hudaydah’s main hospital on 2 August, killing many people, including civilians. It calls for full light to be shed on these events.

France recalls that all parties are obliged to adhere to international humanitarian law, particularly when it comes to protecting civilians and humanitarian and medical personnel.

While Martin Griffiths, the United Nations Special Envoy [for Yemen], actively continues his mediation concerning Hudaydah, military operations in the city and attacks in the Red Sea, announced by the parties, must continue to be suspended.

France reiterates its full support for the Special Envoy’s efforts and welcomes the announcement that inter-Yemeni negotiations will begin in Geneva on 6 September. Only a political solution will stop Yemen’s humanitarian, health and food situation getting any worse./.