United Nations says Saudi-led coalition raids in Yemen kill 109 civilians

United Nations says Saudi-led coalition raids in Yemen kill 109 civilians

United Nations resident coordinator Jamie McGoldrick said on Thursday the 56 were among 109 civilians killed in Saudi-led strikes in the previous 10 days and he condemned as "futile" the almost three years of war in the poorest Arab country.

Yemen's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday called the worldwide community to pressure for stopping the Saudi-led aggression coalition war against the Yemeni people.

Another six children were among the 32 people injured in the attack, which reportedly came as Houthi fighters attempted to put down a revolt by residents of al-Hayma by blockading and shelling the area.

At least 20 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in a series of Saudi-led air raids on a market in southwestern Yemen.

On the same day a further 14 people were killed in the bombing of a farm by the coalition in Attohayta District, Al Hudaydah Governorate, the statement added.

"These incidents prove the complete disregard for human life that all parties, including the Saudi-led coalition, continue to show in this absurd war that has only resulted in the destruction of the country and the incommensurate suffering of its people", McGoldrick said on Thursday.

"I remind all parties to the conflict, including the Saudi-led coalition, of their obligations under International Humanitarian Law to spare civilians and civilian infrastructure and to always distinguish between civilian and military objects".

The ministry reaffirmed that the solution to the conflict will never ever be through military solution, but through sitting around the negotiation table and reaching a political settlement.

Jamie McGoldrick said in a statement he remains "deeply disturbed by mounting civilian casualties caused by escalated and indiscriminate attacks throughout Yemen".

Since 2015, Yemen has been torn by a conflict between the government, headed by President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and the Houthi movement, also known as Ansar Allah, which is backed by army units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Saudi Arabia intercepted the missile and accused Iran of providing the weapon to the Houthis - a suggestion that was endorsed by the US.



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