Air Raids on Sanaa in Yemen

Internally displaced people are forced to make makeshift shelters with scrap wood and plastic tarps Internally displaced people are forced to make makeshift shelters with scrap wood and plastic tarps UNHCR

1 April 2020

19 air raids were launched by a Saudi-UAE coalition

On Monday, March 30, the government coalition targeted Houthi rebels in Sanaa, Yemen’s capital city, with airstrikes. No casualties were reported from Monday’s attack, but the conflict has already taken tens of thousands of lives including many civilian casualties. Over 60% of civilian deaths were caused by Saudi-led airstrikes. The UN has described the situation in Yemen as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Farms, schools, bridges, and roads have been targeted and repeatedly attacked. Around 2 million children are acutely malnourished. 3.65 million people have been displaced from their homes. Almost 18 million people do not have enough water or sanitation. 

The Houthi rebels are formally known as Ansar Allah and formed a rebel group for Yemen’s Zaidi Shia Muslim minority. In late 2014 and 2015, the Houthis and their supporters took over Sanaa. Shortly after, Saudi Arabia began an air campaign against the Houthi rebels that they believed would only last a few weeks. Four years later, the conflict continues.

Internationally, people are worried about the implications for an outbreak of the coronavirus in Yemen. UN Yemen Envoy Martin Griffiths spoke on the subject saying, “Yemen needs its leaders to focus every minute of their time on averting and mitigating the potentially disastrous consequences of a COVID-19 outbreak." 

 

To read more, visit:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/03/houthis-saudi-uae-coalition-carried-air-raids-sanaa-200330113705140.html

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29319423

 

Author: Noelle Musolino; Editor: Vito Quaglia

 

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