The United Nations has strongly condemned the latest Saudi airstrikes against Yemen in which at least 12 civilians, including children, lost their lives, stressing that the aerial attacks are an example of the “brutality” of the Yemeni conflict and “disregard” for civilians' safety.
“All parties to the conflict continue to show a disregard for the protection of civilians and the principle of distinction between civilians and combatants in the conduct of hostilities,” the UN's Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen Jamie McGoldrick said on Sunday.
McGoldrick’s remarks came two days after three women and six children from the same family were killed in a Saudi airstrike on their home in Yemen's north-western province of Sa'ada.
The head of the local health department, Dr. Abdel-Ilah al-Azzi, said the attack on Friday dawn targeted the family home of Taha al-Dharafi in Mahda district on the southwestern outskirts of Sa’ada city, located 240 kilometers north of the capital Sana'a, also left three other people injured.
Three people were also killed in a Saudi airstrike on a private vehicle in the same Yemeni province.