Coalition air strikes 'kill dozens of Yemeni civilians'

2015-08-22 14:48
(AP)

(AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

At least 65 civilians have been killed by air strikes in Yemen's Taiz, including 17 people from one family, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) reported.

The deaths occurred when Saudi-led Arab coalition air strikes hit civilian homes, MSF said in a statement released on Friday.

During the past three days, Houthi rebels have reportedly been heavily shelling residential neighbourhoods in Taiz, the country's third city. At least 28 civilians, including 13 children were killed in these attacks.

According to medical sources and the MSF, the Saudi-led coalition retaliated by targeting Houthi positions and unintentionally ended up hitting residential areas in Taiz.

"We understand that during this most recent air strike, 17 houses were hit and more than 65 people are believed to have died, among them at least 17 children and 20 women," MSF reported.

"Twenty-three people were injured and were brought to one of the MSF supported hospitals which are partially functioning."

Many others are believed to have been injured or killed in the past week due to air strikes on densely populated areas.

Al Jazeera's Hamdi al-Bakari, reporting from Yemen, said at least 33 Houthi fighters were killed in the air strikes and during fighting, while 40 others were injured. Out of the 20 hospitals in Taiz, MSF said only seven hospitals still receive the wounded. Since March, MSF-supported hospitals in Taiz have treated more than 4 300 patients.

Children casualties

Another report released on Thursday by UNICEF says that 398 children have been killed and 377 others have been recruited to fight since the Saudi-led coalition began air strikes in Yemen.

An average of eight children are being killed or maimed everyday, UNICEF reported.

"Across the country, nearly 10 million children - 80 percent of the country’s under-18 population - are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. More than 1.3 million people have been forced to flee their homes," the report stated.  

Overall, the UN human rights office said on Tuesday, at least 1 950 civilians have been killed in the fighting and 1.3 million others have fled their homes.

Coalition helicopter crash

In another development, a helicopter from the Saudi-led coalition crashed along the Saudi border, killing two pilots, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

In a statement, the Joint Forces Command said that the two pilots were killed when their Apache helicopter crashed, while attacking Houthi rebels on the southern boundary of Jazan.

The Joint Forces Command said an investigation was under way, to uncover the causes of the accident.

Read more on:    unicef  |  yemen  |  saudi arabia

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
3 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.