UN calls for ‘immediate steps’ to end crisis in Yemen

At least 23 civilians were confirmed dead since Oct. 24, says UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

UN calls for ‘immediate steps’ to end crisis in Yemen

The United Nations on Saturday called for "immediate steps" to end the ongoing crisis in Yemen.

In a statement, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said that the conflicts in Al Hodeidah led to an "unconscionable toll".

"The Saudi-led Coalition and pro-Hadi forces, the Houthi forces – and those who supply arms or other support to the parties to the conflict – all have the power or the influence to stop the starvation and killing of civilians, to give some reprieve to the people of Yemen," she said.

"Violations by one party to the conflict do not give carte blanche to the others to fight back at all costs. Even wars are regulated by law – all parties to the conflict are bound to respect international humanitarian law and human rights law as applicable," she added.

According to informations by the UN Human Rights Office, at least 110 airstrikes were carried out in Al Hodeidah, Sa'ada and Sana between Oct. 31 and Nov. 6.

Coalition warplanes have been hovering at low altitude in Al Hodeida city since Thursday, as Houthi forces fire anti-aircraft missiles and mortars, and violent street clashes continued, it added.

At least 23 civilians were confirmed dead since Oct. 24, while around 445,000 civilians have been internally displaced in Al Hodeidah since early June, the UN Human Rights Office reported.

The UN official called for the immediate end of the military escalation which she said also leads to the increase of the "catastrophic food insecurity of some 14 million people across the country".

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