YEMEN Press Agency

UN: Coalition violence “surpassed all expectations”

SANAA, Aug. 14 (YPA) – The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen Lise Grande condemned Saudi-led coalition aircrafts’ bombing on a house in Mastaba district in Hajjah province on Eid al-Adha, killing 12 civilians, including 6 children, and wounding 16 other civilians, mostly children and women.

“Violence against civilians arising from this conflict is exceeding all expectations and is unacceptable at all,” the UN official said in a statement posted on the UN news website. She explained that “the wounded were transferred to the Republican Hospital and Abs Hospital in Hajjah.”

For his part, Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Yemen confirmed the new crime of the coalition, saying “a house was hit during the attacks in Mastaba District in Hajjah province in Yemen, which led to the killing of 12 people, including six children, and injuring 16 others.”

“Every day more people die,” UN official Grande said earlier, wondering on behalf of aid workers “what the parties to the conflict require to stop this tragedy.” She stressed that “there is no justification for the continued suffering of the Yemeni people.”

“It is very sad that families mourn their loved ones on Eid al-Adha rather than celebrate with them in peace and harmony,” Grande said in a statement.

“An estimated 230,000 women, children and men have died as a result of the conflict, either directly or indirectly, including lack of food and medical services,” OCHA statement said Monday. “25,000 people have been killed in the past six months,” it added.

In a statement earlier this week, Grande condemned “the killing of 40 people and the injuring of 260 others in the city of Aden,” and renewed the call of the UN Secretary-General in a statement issued Friday for all parties to the conflict to comply with their obligations under international humanitarian law and do their utmost to protect all Yemeni civilians in throughout the country.

“Yemen is experiencing the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, with about 80 per cent of the total population, 1.24 million people, in need of some form of humanitarian assistance and protection, including 10 million who are totally dependent on humanitarian assistance,” OCHA asserted.