UN accuses all sides in Yemen conflict of abuses

Recent fighting in Yemen has killed over 1,500 civilians since March, new UN report says

UN accuses all sides in Yemen conflict of abuses

World Bulletin / News Desk

The UN is “deeply concerned” about worsening violence in Yemen as the civilian death toll in recent fighting passes 1,500.

New data released by the UN on Tuesday also says that 92 civilians, including 18 women and 18 children, have been killed in the last two weeks.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ spokeswoman, Cecile Pouilly, told reporters in Geneva on Tuesday that over 3,600 civilians had also been injured in clashes.

Fractious Yemen has remained in turmoil since last September, when Shia Houthis overran the capital from which they have sought to extend their influence to other parts of the country.

On March 25, Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies began an extensive air campaign targeting Houthi positions across the country.

Despite pressure from the UN and the international community for a cease-fire agreement during Ramadan, violence has continued.

"Over one million civilians have been internally displaced or have sought refuge in neighboring countries since the conflict began," Pouilly added.

The UN has also accused all sides of human rights abuses and breaches of humanitarian law, including attacks on aid workers, medical staff and journalists.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Temmuz 2015, 17:03