UN: At least 22 civilians killed, including children in northern Yemen

Women walk past a graffiti, denouncing strikes by U.S. drones in Yemen, painted on a wall in Sanaa, Yemen February 6, 2017. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — At least 22 civilians, including women and children, were killed in air strikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition this week in northern Yemen, the United Nations said.

Liz Grande, the UN humanitarian coordinator in Yemen, citing medical sources said late Monday that the attack in the Directorate of Kushar province of Hajjah killed 10 women and 12 children and wounded 30 people, including 14 under the age of 18 years.

“Many of the injured children were taken to hospitals in the district of Abes and Sana’a for treatment and there may be a need to evacuate several people to save them,” Grande said in a statement.

Rights groups and the United Nations have criticized the Saudi-led and Western-backed coalition because its air strikes often hit civilians. The coalition denies doing so deliberately.

A coalition spokesman did not respond to a Reuters request for comment, but Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television said the Houthis had carried out the attack.

The Kashar district has seen sporadic clashes in the past few weeks due to a change in the allegiance of local tribes in the complex war. Clashes broke out between the Huthis and the Hajor tribes at the end of January and the fighting intensified in March with the start of air strikes, a UN statement said on Tuesday.

The International Crisis Group said in a report this week that the Houthis accused the Hajour tribes of accepting weapons and support from Saudi Arabia.

Yemen’s war has claimed tens of thousands of lives, uprooted more than 2 million people and pushed the country to the brink of starvation.

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