United Nations says Saudi airstrikes killed 42 civilians in 1 week

United Nations says Saudi airstrikes killed 42 civilians in 1 week

At least 12 people have been killed in Yemen's capital Sanaa in an air strike blamed on the Saudi-led coalition backing the country's internationally recognised government.

As well as military targets, air strikes have hit hospitals and ports, exacerbating the humanitarian crisis.

An AFP photographer on the scene said the two buildings, both three storeys high, were destroyed.

Several children were reportedly among the dead in Friday's early morning attack on the Faj Attan neighbourhood of Sanaa which reduced an apartment block to rubble. Children were also seen among demonstrators as a number of them held signs reading, "Stop killing children!"

According to witnesses speaking with Reuters, the warplanes were from the Saudi Arabian coalition, which recieves financial and material backing from several western countries such as the USA and U.K. They have waged a war against Yemen for almost three years in an effort to install the old government that was deposed by the Houthi movement.

They have been at war for two years in a conflict that has killed at least 10,000 people and displaced two million since 2015. When the review was complete it would announce the results, it said. "Attacks targeting civilians or civilian objects are prohibited under global humanitarian law, which also prohibits indiscriminate or disproportionate attacks".

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The alliance controls much of northern Yemen, including Sanaa.

United Nations figures suggest more than 10,000 people have been killed and thousands more wounded since Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened on behalf of the internationally recognised government.

Sources told Asharq Al-Awsat in a phone call that the leadership of the Arab Coalition to support the legitimacy of Yemen, led by Saudi Arabia, recalls its obligations to protect civilians and spare them the effects of the conflict.

However, a senior ICRC official visited the site of the strike on Friday and said, "From what we saw on the ground, there was no apparent military target".

"We remind all parties to the conflict, including the coalition, of their duty to ensure full respect for global humanitarian law", a United Nations human rights spokesperson said.

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