Children among dead in air raid on Yemen capital

Children among dead in air raid on Yemen capital

The UN figure was released following a series of intensified Saudi airstrikes over the past two days, including an attack on a hotel in Sana'a Governorate that killed 33 people and a separate strike on a residential home in the capital, Sana'a, which left six more people dead.

Friday's attack on the Faj Attan area on the outskirts of the city also severely damaged at least two buildings, reducing much of them to rubble, people on site said.

The World Health Organisation estimates almost 8,400 civilians have been killed and 47,800 wounded since the Saudi-led alliance intervened.

The conflict escalated when Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies launched a massive air campaign in 2015 aimed at reversing Houthi military gains and shoring up Yemen's embattled government.

After a deadly air strike on a house earlier this month, the UN's Humanitarian Co-ordinator in Yemen Jamie McGoldrick said all parties to the conflict were continuing to "show a disregard for the protection of civilians and the principle of distinction between civilians and combatants in the conduct of hostilities".

Last month, the coalition fighter jets hit a camp of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Mawza district in the southern province of Taiz, killing a total of 20 people, mostly women and children.

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In a statement, Malki said that the Arab coalition adopts rules of engagement in accordance with the provisions of global humanitarian law.

More than 10,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the war that also displaced over 3 million, according to United Nations agencies.

Medics and a rebel security source confirmed at least nine people had died in the strike.

"In the week from the 17 to the 24 August, 58 civilians have been killed, including 42 by the Saudi-led coalition", said spokesperson Liz Throssell.

"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.

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