UN: Over 100 Yemenis Killed by Saudi Raids in 10 Days

UN: Over 100 Yemenis Killed by Saudi Raids in 10 DaysUN: Over 100 Yemenis Killed by Saudi Raids in 10 Days

A US-backed Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen has killed 109 civilians in airstrikes in the past 10 days, including 54 people at a crowded market and 14 members of one family on a farm, the top UN official in the country said on Thursday.

The fighting is futile and absurd, UN resident coordinator Jamie McGoldrick said, in unusually direct criticism of the campaign being waged by the coalition against Houthi movement, Reuters reported.

The Saudi-led coalition, which is backed by the United States, Britain and others, denounced the charges, saying the information lacked credibility. McGoldrick appeared to be taking the Houthi side in the conflict, the Saudis said.

Citing initial reports from the UN human rights office, a statement by McGoldrick said airstrikes hit a crowded market in the Al Hayma sub-district of Attazziah in Taiz Governorate on Tuesday, killing 54 and injuring 32.

Eight of the dead and six of the injured were children, according to the reports.

On the same day, an airstrike on a farm in Attohayta district of Hodeidah Governorate killed 14, and airstrikes elsewhere killed a further 41 civilians and injured 43 over the past 10 days.

“These incidents prove the complete disregard for human life that all parties, including the Saudi-led coalition, continue to show in this absurd war that has only resulted in the destruction of the country and the incommensurate suffering of its people, who are being punished as part of a futile military campaign by both sides,” McGoldrick said.

Under international law, the warring sides must spare civilians and civilian infrastructure, he added.

The United Nations says Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with about 8 million people on the brink of famine, a cholera epidemic that has infected 1 million people, and economic collapse in what was already one of the Arab world’s poorest countries.

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