Over 550 civilians killed in Yemen conflict: U.N.
Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the civilians were killed in the fighting between March 26 and April 22
The U.N. said Friday that more than 550 civilians, including 115 children, have been killed in Yemen in the past month and 1,185 injured as combatants fight in neighborhoods and Saudi-led coalition warplanes pound Iran-backed militias from the sky.
Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the civilians were killed in the fighting between March 26 and April 22. The total death toll including both combatants and civilians is 1,080, the U.N. said.
Saudi coalition spokesperson brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri repeatedly said that Houthi militias were deliberately hiding in residential areas and between homes and that every effort to spare innocent lives had been taken.
Amnesty International also said in a new report that some of the airstrikes it examined in the capital of Sanaa and four other cities raise “concerns about compliance with international law.”
The air campaign that began March 26 “has transformed many parts of Yemen into a dangerous place for civilians,” the report said. “Millions of people have been forced to live in a state of utter terror, afraid of being killed in their homes.”
It said about 150,000 people have fled their homes the past month.
More civilian areas were hit Friday by warplanes, including a stadium in the southern town of Zinjibar and a courthouse in the town of Lahj, witnesses said. Casualties were not immediately known.
(With the Associated Press)
Kerry urges Houthis, allies to enter talksYemen’s ex-president Saleh also urged his rebel allies to implement U.N. decisions in return to halt Saudi-led coalition airstrikes Middle East
Saleh calls for political dialogue to end warYemen’s former president Ali Abdullah Saleh on Friday called on all Yemenis to return to political dialogue to end to the country’s conflict Middle East
Iran plane wasn't granted Yemen access: SaudiIran had summoned the Saudi envoy in protest over Yemen aid flights blocked by Saudi Arabia Middle East
War-torn and poor, Yemen must be given a chance for salvationYemen has been under the spotlight in the Arab region and the rest of the world for four weeks. Everyone has been talking about it with the beginning ... Middle East
Panorama: What is common between Houthis and Al-Qaeda in Yemen?News Bulletins
1300GMT: Saudi Arabia launches new campaign in YemenNews Bulletins
Nasrallah’s speech reveals Iran’s shock over the Yemen crisisHezbollah Secretary General Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah’s recent speech about Yemen did not include anything more than escalated rhetoric against Saudi kingdom Middle East
Airstrikes pound Yemen rebel positions in TaezSaudi-led coalition air strikes hit a camp housing rebel troops in Taez after a night of clashes throughout Yemen Middle East