Yemen air strike kills 12, including six children

27 August, 2017, 01:00 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Reuters

Arab-led coalition fighter jets bombed the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, on Friday leveling houses and killing at least 14 people, including eight members of a single family, relatives and witnesses said. It came days after another air strike killed about 60 civilians.

According to the Liz, on Wednesday, an air raid struck the Istirahat Al-Shahab hotel, located in Bayt Al-Athri, where United Nations officials confirmed that 33 civilians were killed and 25 injured.

In the Yemeni capital Sanaa, in a residential area on the outskirts, two buildings were reduced to rubble.

An airstrike by coalition forces hit a hotel in Sanaa Governorate earlier this week and, on the same day, a second strike hit a guesthouse used by farm workers, she says.

The Saudi-led coalition has been under fire for failing to protect civilians in Yemen.

According to witnesses speaking with Reuters, the warplanes were from the Saudi Arabian coalition, which recieves financial and material backing from several western countries such as the USA and U.K. They have waged a war against Yemen for almost three years in an effort to install the old government that was deposed by the Houthi movement.

There has been no comment from the Saudis on this most recent strike, however, but with mounting civilian deaths, including a substantial number of children, being killed in airstrikes, they may feel uncomfortable trying to defend the campaign publicly.

The conflict has killed more than 10,000 civilians, displaced three million people and pushed the impoverished nation to the brink of starvation.

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It added it was committed to protecting civilians and respecting global human rights law.

"All operations launched south of Sana'a are being reviewed upon allegations on targeting a home in the district, and results will be announced immediately after the investigation is completed", he added.

Northern and southern Yemen have both come under aerial attack in recent months, and the coalition has come under massive pressure from worldwide organisations including the United Nations over the raids.

Twelve civilians were killed by armed men, and four were killed by local fighters in the Popular Committees group, allied with Houthi rebels, according to United Nations human rights spokeswoman Liz Throssell. At least 26 people were reported injured.

The poor country has been also struck by a cholera outbreak, which has killed so far more than 2,000 people.

The combination of war, disease and blockades imposed on ports and Yemen's airspace have pushed the country, long the poorest in the Arab world, to the brink of starvation.

A dead girl carried from the site of an strike in Sanaa.

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