At least 20 civilians killed in Yemen airstrike

Brandon Parsons
July 21, 2017

Statistics showed that more than 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen's conflict, majority civilians, since the Saudi-led coalition entered the conflict in 2015.

The officials said the toll is expected to rise, with several women and children in critical condition.

As many as 362,545 suspected cholera cases and 1,817 related deaths have been reported in 91.3 per cent of Yemeni governorates and 88 percent of its districts, said a World Health Organization report on July 19.

The air strike is believed to have been carried out on Tuesday by war planes from the Saudi-led coalition, according to Sabaa news agency, which is controlled by Yemen's Shia Houthi rebels.

The UN Refugee Agency said it was "saddened and shocked" by the deaths in the Mawzaa district.

"This latest incident once again demonstrates the extreme dangers facing civilians in Yemen, particularly those attempting to flee violence, as they disproportionately bear the brunt of conflict", said a UNHCR statement.

Global rights groups have accused the coalition of bombing civilian gatherings, markets, hospitals, and residential areas across Yemen since the beginning of its campaign against Houthi rebels in 2015.

The coalition launched a military operation against the rebels in March 2015 as insurgents closed in on Hadi in his southern refuge in Aden forcing him to flee to Riyadh.

According to United Nations officials, more than 10,000 people have been killed in the war, while more than 11 percent of the country's population has been displaced as a direct result of the conflict.

Save the Children has warned that if the United Nations fails to include Saudi-led coalition on this year's list, it will set a risky precedent for other conflicts around the world.

Another suspected coalition raid in Taez province in May was reported to have killed more than 20 civilians.

The Saudi coalition has placed an air and sea blockade on Yemen as it fights a war against the Houthi rebel movement, and effectively controls the country's airspace.

The campaigners want the U.N.to highlight crimes committed by Saudi Arabia in its annual children and armed conflict report, expected to be released next month.

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