Seven children and two women have been killed in an air raid in northwest Yemen, a UN agency said Monday, as Riyadh said it intercepted missiles fired by Yemeni Houthi rebels.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (Ocha) also said another two women and two children were wounded in Sunday’s raid in Hajjah governorate.
The province near the capital Sanaa is a battlefront between Houthi rebels and pro-government forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition that provides air support.
“Initial reports … indicate that on July 12 an airstrike killed seven children and two women in Washhah district of Hajjah governorate,” Ocha said.
UN experts have accused both sides in Yemen’s five-year-old conflict of multiple war crimes.
On Monday, the coalition acknowledged the possibility of civilian casualties during an anti-Houthi operation in Hajjah and said it was being investigated.
It also said its forces had “intercepted and destroyed seven drones and four ballistic missiles” launched by the Houthis against civilians in Saudi Arabia.
Tens of thousands have been killed, an estimated four million displaced and 80% of the country’s 29 million people are dependent on aid for survival.
The coronavirus pandemic is also raging unchecked in the country. Source: AFP