Friday, 22 September, 2017

Qatar crisis strains Saudi-led Arab alliance in Yemen war

Yemen's children are suffering a man-made health catastrophe Yemen cholera epidemic worst on record
Tracy Craig | 21 July, 2017, 00:50

"If there is no accountability, if groups that are fighting think they can use their political influence - and if they're powerful enough and rich enough, then they can get away with killing and injuring children, or bombing schools and hospitals - it sets a really risky precedent not just for Yemen but for conflicts around the world", Anning said.

Yemeni officials said several women and children were among the casualties.

It added that it is "deeply shocked and saddened" by the attack. Each of Yemen's mainland governorates affected by conflict and tens thousands killed and injured. "More must be done".

The air strike is believed to have been carried out on Tuesday by war planes from the Saudi-led coalition, according to Sabaa news agency, which is controlled by Yemen's Shia Houthi rebels.

Injuries were also reported, according to UNHCR, with a number of people taken to nearby hospitals.

Dr Abdullah al-Rabeeah, a former Saudi minister and now head of the country's state aid agency, told The Independent "there is no intention whatsoever to bombard or kill civilians".

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US-based humanitarian agency CARE International said its Secretary-General Wolfgang Jamann was scheduled to fly to Sanaa for a first-hand look at a cholera outbreak that has killed almost 1,800 people since April.

"The coalition suspended the United Nations flight leaving Djibouti for Sanaa on Tuesday as there were three BBC journalists on board", Saleh Humeidi, a top official with Yemen's Information Ministry, told AFP.

The three BBC reporters were on the flight to cover the United Nations humanitarian operation, but Saudi Arabia warned the plane against taking off from Djibouti with any journalists on board.

"We confirm that the coalition cancelled yesterday the Djibouti-Sanaa UN flight because of a BBC team on the manifest, asking for the flight to be rescheduled without the journalists", said Ahmed Ben Lassoued, Yemen spokesman for the UN's humanitarian coordination office, UNOCHA.

More than half a million people have been forced to leave their homes in the Taiz region, representing more than a quarter of all internally displaced people in Yemen.

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