Children among 14 dead in new air strike on Yemen

Sanaa. Children were amid at least 14 people killed in an air strike that toppled residential blocks in Yemen’s capital Sanaa, witnesses and medics said. The strike was the latest in a wave of fatal raids on residential areas of Yemen blamed on a Saudi-led Arab military coalition, drawing strong international condemnation. The United Nations has accused the Arab coalition of killing 42 civilians in the week to including many children. Amnesty International’s Middle East research director, Lynn Maalouf, said the league “rained down bombs on civilians while they slept”.“Such loss of resident life is outrageous and runs counter to the basic tenets of the law of armed conflict,” he said. “From what we saw on the ground, there was no apparent military target.” Friday’s air raid destroyed two buildings in the southern district of Faj Attan, leaving people buried under debris, said a photographer on the scene. She called in a statement for the UN to take action against Saudi Arabia over the list of civilian facilities struck in deadly air raids over the past two years.“We are calling on the UN to look at the evidence — the schools and hospital that lie in ruins, the hundreds of young lives lost to uncontrolled air strikes,” Maalouf said. The International Committee of the Red Cross condemned the latest deadly raid as “outrageous”.“Eight of the victims were member of the same family, including five children between three and 10 years old,” said the deputy head of the ICRC’s delegation in Yemen, Carlos Morazzani, after visiting the site.

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