Eyewitnesses, including a medic, said the two-storey hotel in Arhab, 35 kilometres (22 miles) north of Sanaa, had been completely destroyed in the attack, leaving two bodies hanging from the upper floor. A second strike hit a checkpoint controlled by Houthis a few kilometres away, and several more had been conducted overnight, a local medic told Reuters.It was not immediately clear why the Saudi-led jets had targeted the hotel.
We were so focussed on his desperate condition that we almost missed his mother, sitting nearby, who was also very ill, and needed attention.Their suffering is mirrored many thousands of times over across the country.While in Yemen, we talked with the sick, their families and the health workers caring for them.They will visit more than 3.5 million households to distribute soaps and rehydration solutions, and advise families on how to help a loved one who falls ill.This is important, lifesaving work -- but it is still not enough.A report authored by several international aid agencies released last week said Yemen suffered more air strikes in the first half of this year than in the whole of 2016, increasing the number of civilian deaths and forcing more people to flee their homes.
Western governments have also faced criticism for their role in the war: arms sold to Saudi Arabia are destined for use in the Yemeni war, rights groups say.
Conflict, hunger and disease are daily affairs in this war battered country: two thirds of the population – 17 million people – do not know where their next meal will come from; 5,000 more Yemenis fall ill with cholera or acute watery diarrhoea every day. It thrives where there is famine, poverty, conflict and weak governance.
It goes after the most vulnerable: half of all suspected cholera cases and a quarter of associated deaths in Yemen are among children; a third of those who die of cholera are aged over sixty.
We are also supporting incentives and stipends for the extraordinarily dedicated and brave health workers who form the backbone of our response effort.
This week, more than 40,000 community volunteers are going house to house telling families how to protect themselves from cholera.
The air strikes, carried out at the request of the exiled internationally recognised Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, have been repeatedly criticised for causing unnecessary loss of civilian life.