Air raid killed 14 civilians in Yemen

Sanaa's Faj Attan neighbourhood after the bombing Sanaa's Faj Attan neighbourhood after the bombing AFP/Getty Images

30 September 2017
The Saudi-led coalition has mistakenly bombed  a residential area in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. The death toll includes six children.

Fourteen civilians, including six children, have been killed in error by an air raid in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, on August 25. The bombing happened during the night in the residential neighbourhood of Faj Attan. At least three houses have been destroyed. The day after the accident, the military coalition led by Saudi Arabia took responsibility for the bombing, blaming a “technical mistake”. Colonel Turki al-Malki, the coalition’s spokesman, said the alliance regrets this “collateral damage”.

Yemen, an extremely poor country located in the very southern part of Arab peninsula, has been devastated by a civil war since 2015. The conflict, triggered after a failed political transition, counterposes the government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and the Houthi rebel movement, a religious and political movement which emerged in Yemen in the 1990s. Hadi’s government is internationally recognised and it is supported by a multinational coalition led by Saudi Arabia.

The civil war in Yemen has triggered a humanitarian disaster: it is estimated that about 70% of  the population is in need of aid. Since 2015, more than 8,000 people have been killed and over 47,000 have been injured, most of them because of the Saudi-led coalition’s airstrikes. According to the United Nations Human Rights office spokeswoman Liz Throssell, in the week from August 17 to August 24, 58 civilians have been killed, including 42 by the Saudi-led coalition.

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