Some 236 civilians were killed in Yemen in April making it the "deadliest" month for the war-torn state this year, a United Nations briefing note revealed today.
"The month of April was the deadliest month for civilians in Yemen so far this year, with a sharp increase in casualties. At least 236 civilians were killed and 238 injured in Yemen in April – a total of 474 civilian casualties, well over double the 180 civilian casualties documented in March this year," the UN briefing reported.
"In the first week of May, the heavy toll continued, with 63 civilian casualties documented by the UN Human Rights Office in Yemen, including six deaths and 57 people injured."
This month, the Saudi-led coalition executed air strikes in the Presidential Palace based in Sana'a during work hours. The briefing note declared that it "doubts" the extent in which the principles of precaution, distinction and proportionality prescribed in international war law are being applied to avoid civilian deaths.
"Eyewitnesses told us that the same building was hit again about seven minutes after the first strike, causing additional casualties among the first responders to the first strike. In another recent incident, 24 civilians were killed and 13 others injured by a coalition air strike against a gas station in Hajjah Governorate," the UN added.
Between 26 March 2015 and 10 May 2018, the UN documented a total of "16,432 civilian casualties – 6,385 dead and 10,047 injured". Of these, 10,185 resulted from Saudi-led coalition air strikes, it added.
But the UN also called out the Houthi armed group for indiscriminate targeting, where some five civilians were injured and one was killed in an attack in Yemen in early May.
Three years after the Saudi-led coalition entered the conflict, civilians remain trapped in the middle of a cross fire, with dwindling supplies of basic amenities and a lack of access to sufficient water, sanitation and food.