Switzerland: 136 civilians killed in Yemen over 11 days — UN

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) spokesperson Rupert Colville said that over a hundred Yemeni civilians have died due to Saudi airstrikes between December 6 to 16, at a press conference in Geneva on Tuesday. «We are deeply concerned at the recent surge in civilian casualties in Yemen as a result of intensified air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition, following the killing... Еще of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sana’a on 4 December,» said Colville. He went on to add that the outbreak of violence costed 136 civilian lives with further 87 being injured. Incidents verified by the OHCHR spokesperson included air strikes on a prison in the Shaub district of Sanaa, on the Houthi-run Qanat Al Yemen TV station and a hospital in Al Hudaydah, as well as several others. The OHCHR spokesperson also mentioned «violations by Houthis» against members the General People’s Congress (GPC) led by the late Saleh, which resulted in reported killings and arrests of those affiliated with GPC. «We urge all parties to the conflict to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law, including their obligation to respect the principles of distinction, proportionality and precaution,» Colville said. «Since March 2015 and as of 14 December, our Office has documented a total of 5558 civilians killed and 9,065 injured,» he concluded. Video courtesy: UNTV

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