Yemen : UN warns of civilian fatalities in Taiz

Yemen : UN warns of civilian fatalities in  Taiz

The United Nations says nearly 100 civilians have been killed and about 130 more injured in Saudi Arabia’s airstrikes in the southwestern Yemeni city of Taiz during the past two weeks.

The UN human rights office said Tuesday that  53 of these civilian deaths occurred on 20 August.

It has also warned of a sharp rise in the number of civilian casualties in Yemen’s most populated province of Taiz as Saudi Arabia continues its deadly aggression against the impoverished country.

“We are alarmed by the steep increase in the number of civil casualties in Taiz in recent weeks,” Cecile Pouilly, a spokeswoman for the UN human rights office, said. The UN official also warned that there are concerns regarding the near collapse of the healthcare system in Taiz, where all six public hospitals are no longer operational due to fighting in the vicinity.

She said Saudi attacks on the western Yemeni port city of Hudaydah, which is a key entry point for aid supplies, are complicating relief efforts.

According to the United Nations, more than 800 civilians have been killed in Saudi attacks on Taiz alone since March 2015.

Saudi Arabia has been carrying out airstrikes against Yemen since March 26 without the authorization of the UN in an attempt to weaken Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement and to restore power to the country’s fugitive former president and a staunch ally of Riyadh, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.

The conflict has so far left about 4,500 people dead and thousands of others wounded, the UN says. According to Save the Children, over 15 million people do not have normal access to basic medical care in Yemen, an increase of 40% compared to March. In addition, more than half a million children suffer from severe malnutrition this year.

The coalition led by Saudi Arabia, since March 26 has deadly raids against various Yemeni areas and imposed a naval blockade in Yemen, resulting in shortages of food, fuel and medicines.

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