Saudi-Led Airstrikes Kill 14 Civilians in Sanaa

Saul Bowman
August 27, 2017

At least 16 people, including six children, were killed when a Saudi-led coalition warplanes hit a family home in central Sanaa, the Yemeni capital, early on Friday, medics and residents said.

An AFP photographer on the scene said the two buildings, both three storeys high, were destroyed.

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

The attack was the latest by the coalition, which has been waging a relentless air campaign against Yemen's Houthi fighters for the past two years, AP reported.

"In the aftermath of this night of horror there are serious questions for United Nations leaders, who past year made the shameful decision to remove the coalition from the list of violators of children's rights in conflict", said Lynn Maalouf.

"This week's total is more than the number of civilians killed in the whole of June, when 52 were killed, and in July, which saw 57 civilian deaths", Throssell said. The alliance's rules of engagement were based on the regulations of worldwide humanitarian law, it said, adding it was committed to protecting civilians.

More than 10,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the war that also displaced over 3 million, according to United Nations agencies. On Friday's strike, he said: "I will review the information".

The capital is controlled by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, who have been battling the alliance since 2015.

"In all these cases, in which civilians were killed and injured, witnesses said that there had been no warnings that an attack was imminent", her agency said.

The conflict has also left 20.7 million people in need of some kind of humanitarian assistance, created the largest food security emergency in the world, and led to a cholera outbreak that is believed to have left 2,000 people dead since April.

According to media reports, the Saudi-led coalition airstrike on Wednesday hit a hotel in Arhab, killing 48 people, including dozens of civilians, and injuring many others.

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