Seventeen civilians have been killed in an assault in a market in Yemen’s northern Saada governorate, the United Nations stated, the third lethal assault on the identical location in simply over a month.
The assaults come regardless of relative calm in Yemen, the place large-scale fight between authorities troops — backed by a Saudi-led navy coalition — and the Iran-aligned Huthi rebels has largely subsided.
The UN stated 12 Ethiopian migrants have been among the many 17 civilians killed within the incident on Tuesday on the Al-Raqw market in Saada governorate, a Huthi insurgent stronghold.
At least 12 folks have been wounded, it stated, with out saying who was accountable or what weaponry was used.
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The Saudi-led coalition acknowledged on Thursday it had carried out an operation in Monabbih, a Saada district the place the market is positioned.
The Joint Incident Assessment Team (JIAT) — which the coalition established however says operates independently — will examine “the possibility of collateral damage”, coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki stated in a press release.
The coalition didn’t present additional particulars.
An assault on Al-Raqw market on November 22 killed 10 civilians, once more together with Ethiopian nationals, and simply days later, at the least one other 10 civilians have been killed and 22 wounded in a second such incident.
“The attacks on Al-Raqw market raise deeply troubling questions about the commitment of the parties to the conflict to uphold international humanitarian law,” Lise Grande, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, stated Wednesday.
“Every attack of this kind is a gross violation,” she stated in a press release.
The UN says 89 civilians have both been killed or wounded within the assaults in the marketplace.
Tens of hundreds of individuals, principally civilians, have been killed and hundreds of thousands displaced since March 2015, when the Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen’s battle.