United Nations says Saudi airstrikes killed 42 civilians in 1 week



The Wednesday attack was condemned by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, which said the Saudi-led coalition was responsible for protecting civilians in Yemen. At least 16 civilians were killed in today's strikes, against targets in the city's south, with at least seven children among the slain.

A Yemeni man covered in blood stains reacts as people search for survivors in the debris of buildings hit in an airstrike in the residential southern district of Faj Attan in the capital Sana'a, August 25, 2017.

An air strike on Yemen's capital Sanaa on Friday killed 12 people, including six children, rescuers said.

Meanwhile, the Saudi-led coalition is trying to restore the internationally recognised government of Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power.

Global rights groups have accused the Saudi-led coalition of bombing civilian areas including public gatherings, markets, hospitals and residential areas across Yemen since the aerial campaign against Houthi rebels began in 2015. Children were also seen among demonstrators as a number of them held signs reading, "Stop killing children!"

People at the scene told Reuters the warplanes were from a Saudi-led Arab coalition, which has been fighting the Iran-aligned Houthi movement in a war that has lasted more than two years and killed at least 10,000 people. The alliance's rules of engagement were based on the regulations of global humanitarian law, it said, adding it was committed to protecting civilians. When the review was complete it would announce the results, it said.

"We extracted them one by one from under the rubble", he said, adding that some of them were children from a single family.

A dead girl carried from the site of an strike in Sanaa.

"In the week from August 17 to August 24, 58 civilians have been killed, including 42 by the Saudi-led coalition", United Nations human rights office spokeswoman Liz Throssell told reporters in Geneva on Friday. Those attacks killed more than 30 people.

"We remind all the parties of the conflict, including the coalition, about their duty to fully respect global humanitarian law", added Throssell.

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