UN condemns an attack killing, injuring dozens of civilians in Sanaa

Sana'a (Debriefer)
2019-05-17 | Since 3 Month

UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, Lise Grande

The United Nations on Friday condemned an attack carried out on Thursday in the Yemeni capital Sanaa killed six people, including four children from one family, and wounded 71 others, including 27 children, 17 women and 27 men.

UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, Lise Grande said in statement: "We grieve with the families of the victims and are aghast this tragedy has occurred,” said Ms. Lise Grande, Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen."

"The injured, including children, have been rushed to hospitals for medical treatment. Partners are providing support in two of the main hospitals receiving the wounded. A Somali refugee woman and her daughter are among the injured receiving critical treatment." the statement read.

The UN official did not blame any of the parties to the conflict in Yemen on the attack, she merely noted that "This terrible incident is a tragic reminder of all the reasons this war must stop”.

"International humanitarian law is clear. Everything must be done to protect civilians. This is not optional. This is a legal, and above all moral obligation on all parties.”, Grande said.

58 people were killed or wounded by the coalition airstrikes that hit residential quarters at Rabat-Raqas crossroads in Sana'a, the Houthi-run Al-Masirah TV reported.

Six people, including 4 children, were killed and 52 others, including two Russian female medical workers, were injured, the channel quoted Houthi health minister as saying.

According to the coalition account, the raids "accurately hit legitimate military targets, which military intelligence confirmed to include military bases, establishments and weaponry depots of the Iranian-backed Houthiterrorist militias."

Saudi Press Agency reported that Turki al-Maliki, spokesman of the saudi-led Arab coalition, said in a statement that the findings related to a military operation conducted on Thursday in Yemen's capital Sanaa were referred to the Joint Incident Assessment Team for probing the possibility of accidental civilian casualties.

Yemen has been battered by a five-year armedconflict the internationally recognised government backed by a Saudi-led Arab coalition and the Iran-backed Houthis.

Since March 26, 2015, the Arab Coalition has carried out ground, air and naval operations against the Yemeni Houthis in support of the forces of Yemeni President Abdurbo Mansour Hadi and his government to restore him to power in Sana'a, which is dominated by the Houthis and most areas north of the country since late 2019.

But a number of air strikes have killed hundreds of civilians in Yemen, provoking outrage from international organizations, notably the United Nations, which saw some strikes as "war crimes".

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