The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) says more than a hundred Yemeni civilians have lost their lives and dozens more sustained injuries after Saudi Arabia intensified its airstrikes in Yemen.
“Our office in Yemen verified that 136 civilians and non-combatants were killed and some 87 injured as a result of airstrikes in Sana’a, Sa’ada, Hudaydah and Ta’izz governorates in the period from December 6 to 16,” Rupert Colville, the OHCHR spokesman, said on Tuesday.
He added that UN officials are “deeply concerned at the recent surge in civilian casualties in Yemen.”
The attacks included airstrikes on Arabic-language Yemen Today television station, a hospital in the Red Sea port city of Hudaydah and a series of strikes targeting a prison in Sana’a that reportedly killed 43 people.
Meanwhile, hundreds of world figures have urged the leaders of the United States, France and Britain on Tuesday to stop “stoking the flames of war” in impoverished Yemen.