Yemen

Grande: 7 Children, 2 Women Killed, 4 Civilians Injured during Attack in Hajjah

Initial reports from the field indicate that on 12 July, an air strike killed seven children and two women in Washhah District in Hajjah governorate in north-west Yemen, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Monday.

Another two children and two women were injured and rushed to Abs Hospital for treatment, it added.

“It is incomprehensible that in the middle of the COVID pandemic, when options for a cease-fire are on the table, civilians continue being killed in Yemen,” said Lise Grande, Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen. “We extend our sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of the children and women who were killed in this attack and wish the injured a full and rapid recovery.”

Nearly 1,000 civilian conflict-related casualties have been reported during the first six months of 2020. “Yemen can’t take much more,” said Grande.

On Monday, the US-Saudi aerial aggression launched an airstrike targeting a citizen’s house in Washha in Hajjah governorate, killing a number of children and women.

Last June, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres dropped the Saudi-led coalition engaged in an atrocious military campaign against Yemen from its blacklist for killing and maiming children in Yemen, at a time when the international organizations have acknowledged that large numbers of Yemeni children and teenagers have lost their lives in such disasters as student bus bombings, airstrikes on homes and schools, and hospitals.

The exclusion from the UN’s blacklist prompted immediate protests from human rights groups worldwide.

Jo Becker, the advocacy director of the children’s rights division at Human Rights Watch, argued that Guterres “is adding a new level of shame to his ‘list of shame’ by removing the Saudi-led coalition and ignoring the UN’s own evidence of continued grave violations against children.”

Adrianne Lapar, director of Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, also said by removing the Saudi-led coalition “the secretary-general sends the message that powerful actors can get away with killing children.”

Supported militarily by the United States, Britain, and other Western countries, Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating war on Yemen in March 2015 .

The US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, estimates that the war has claimed more than 100,000 lives over the past five years.

More than half of Yemen’s hospitals and clinics have been destroyed or closed during the war by the Saudi-led aggression.

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