The spokesman for the Arab Coalition for the support of legitimacy in Yemen, Col. Turki al-Maliki, on Friday presented evidence that she was confirming the targeting of al-Houthi militias to civilians at the Al-Thawra hospital and the fish market, in the western city of Hodeidah.
Al-Maliki told a press conference in Riyadh that the Coalition’s military operations on Aug. 1 and 2 were far from the two areas.
At least 50 civilians were killed, and scores injured in the targeting of civilians in the city of Hodeidah on Thursday.
The coalition spokesman offered a map of the military operations in Hodeidah, where red spots pointed to the targets bombed by the coalition, while a green point referred to the fish market and the Al-Thawra hospital in Hodeidah City.
He said that the military operations in those days were focused on the Directorate of Al-Tahita, south of Hodeidah, in addition to fighting the militia's attempt to circumvent the airport of the city.
He revealed that the closest target of the Arab Coalition was seven kilometers from the fish market and the Al-Thawra hospital, noting that it was an arms depot east of Hodeidah.
Al-Maliki said the firing of shells at the fish market and the Al-Thawra hospital was carried out through the militia's central security camp in Hodeidah, according to eyewitnesses in the city.
He also explained that, after the al-Houthi channel had aired, they had taken pictures of what it said was the "effects of aerial bombardment" on the hospital and the market, but they were only mortar shells.
The coalition spokesman confirmed that the projectiles are 120-mm, not as well as al-Houthi and some organizations operating in Hodeidah promoting, those projectiles were not from aerial bombardment.
He noted that the damage caused by the shelling of civilian areas in Hodeidah could never be caused by the use of air power, but by mortar shelling.
Al-Maliki stressed that since the beginning of the military operations, the Alliance has applied the highest international standards of targeting, which mimic those applied by NATO, noting that these measures have been shared with the Yemeni legal Government and the Secretary-General of the United Nations.