Published: Sun, August 27, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Children among 14 dead in new raid on Yemen

Children among 14 dead in new raid on Yemen

An air strike which hit Faj Attan, a residential area of Yemen's capital Sana'a in the early hours of this morning, destroying three homes, killing ten people and injuring seven more, shows that after more than two years of devastating conflict in Yemen, Saudi Arabia is as brazen as ever in its disregard for worldwide humanitarian law, Amnesty global said today.

The attack is the latest in a wave of deadly raids on residential areas of Yemen blamed on a Saudi-led coalition, drawing strong global condemnation.

On Wednesday, coalition fighter jets struck a hotel in the town of Arhab, north of Sanaa, killing at least 41 people.

Friday's strikes hit the city's southern neighborhood of Fag Attan. The death toll is expected to rise as rescuers pull more victims from the rubble.

The Houthi leadership recommended the announcement of a state of emergency and suspension of all "party activity", telling Saleh's supporters any mass gatherings should be made on battlefronts, not in public squares.

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The war has shown no signs of abating.

The Saudi-led coalition has since March 2015 been conducting a bombing campaign against Shia Houthi rebels backed by Iran and their allies, forces still loyal to the ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who together control the capital, Sanaa.

After more than two years of civil war, it reports the country is on the brink of starvation and some 18 million people need humanitarian assistance. The United Nations has said the coalition was likely responsible for a July attack on the southwestern Taez province that killed 20 people, including children.

"We remind all parties to the conflict, including the Coalition, of their duty to ensure full respect for global humanitarian law", United Nations human rights spokeswoman Liz Throssell said.

The contention threatens to undermine their alliance against the coalition seeking to dislodge them from the capital and restore the internationally recognized government of President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi to power.

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