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Yemen: Dozens killed in Hodeidah attacks after peace talks fail

12:41 AM | 10 Sep, 2018
Yemen: Dozens killed in Hodeidah attacks after peace talks fail
HODEIDAH (Yemen) - Dozens of people have reportedly been killed in clashes and air raids around the Yemeni city of Hodeidah following the collapse of United Nations-sponsored peace talks between the internationally recognised government and Houthi rebels.

A Saudi-UAE coalition backing government forces launched an offensive in June to retake the strategic port city - the main gateway for imports of relief supplies and commercial goods - from rebel fighters who have held it since 2014.

Multiple sources have reported that dozens, if not scores, of people, have been killed in the past 24 hours after Saudi-UAE-led coalition attacks.

The rebels refused to leave Yemen for Geneva, saying the UN had not met their demands - including a plane to transport their wounded to nearby Oman and a guarantee their delegation would be allowed to return to the Houthi-held capital, Sanaa.

Hospital sources in Hodeidah province told an international news agency that 84 people - 73 rebel fighters and 11 government soldiers - had been killed since the attempted peace talks in Switzerland were abandoned on Saturday after Houthi representatives failed to show up.

The rebels refused to leave Yemen for Geneva, saying the UN had not met their demands - including a plane to transport their wounded to nearby Oman and a guarantee their delegation would be allowed to return to the Houthi-held capital, Sanaa.

Humanitarian crisis

Hodeidah's seaport was responsible for delivering 70 percent of Yemen's imports - mostly humanitarian aid, food and fuel - before 2015.

Yet, Saudi Arabia says that the Houthis, who reportedly generate $30m to $40m a month in revenue from the port, are using it to smuggle in weapons from Iran.

In July, the Saudi-UAE coalition announced a temporary ceasefire to give a chance to UN-brokered peace talks.

The war in Yemen, the region's poorest country, started in 2014 after the Houthi rebels seized control of Sanaa and began pushing south towards Aden, the country's third-biggest city Aden.

Concerned by the rise of the Houthi rebels, the coalition launched a military offensive in 2015 in the form of a massive air campaign aimed at reinstalling the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

According to the UN, at least 10,000 people have been killed in the war - a death toll that has not been updated in years and is certain to be far higher.

The UN says Yemen, which stands at the brink of famine, is the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

The writer is a staff member. He has been affiliated with Pakistan's leading English newspapers and worked as News Producer at FM 107.4. Death (as...he believes...life is a station, and death is a longest journey from seen to unseen world), Rain, and winter's Full Moon 'Jarray ki Chandani' always fascinate him too much.

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Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 14 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 14, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 14 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 299.95 302.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45
 
76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86
 
1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76

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