Saudi-led Coalition Killed 42 Civilians in Yemen in Past Week

Posted August 27, 2017

Children were among at least 14 people killed in an air strike that toppled residential blocks in Yemen's capital Sanaa on Friday, witnesses and medics said.

As well as military targets, air strikes have hit hospitals and ports, exacerbating the humanitarian crisis.

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.

The UK and U.S. provide arms to the alliance, which has proved controversial when airstrikes hit hospitals and ports.

On Tuesday, "a woman and two children were killed and two women and two children were injured when an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition hit a house in Talan village" in Sanaa Governorate, according to a rights office statement.

Meanwhile, the Saudi-led coalition is trying to restore the internationally recognised government of Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power.

The UN agency said the highest number of fatalities - 382 cases - was recorded in the northwestern Hajjah province, while in western Yemen's Hudaida province only around 70,000 suspected cases were recorded.

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The bombing was the latest in a significant escalation in the coalition's air campaign in Yemen.

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

The alliance controls much of northern Yemen, including Sanaa.

The conflict has killed over 10,000 civilians, displaced 3 million people and pushed the impoverished nation to the brink of starvation. Locals say that a four-year-old girl was the sole survivor in her family, after the air strike killed the other seven members.

"We remind all parties to the conflict, including the Coalition, of their duty to ensure full respect for worldwide humanitarian law", United Nations human rights spokeswoman Liz Throssell said.

The Saudi-led coalition entered Yemen's war in 2015 in support of the government against the rebels, who are in a fragile alliance allied with troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.