135 Civilians Killed in Saudi Airstrike on Yemen Wedding
Posted by feww on September 29, 2015
Saudi airstrikes continue to target civilians
The UN has condemned airstrikes that reportedly targeted a wedding party in Wahijah village, outside of the Red Sea port city of Mokha in Yemen, killing as many as 135 people, most of whom were women and children. Number of the wounded is not yet known.
Riyadh has denied responsibility for the deadly attacks.
The airstrike followed attacks by Saudi-led coalition helicopters that reportedly killed more than 30 people—primarily civilians—in a northern Yemeni village a day earlier.
The death toll from Saudi airstrikes and fighting on the ground has reached more than 5,000 people, including about 2,360 civilians, since March 26, when Houthi fighters and allied army units forced Yemen’s “corrupt” president to flee the country.
About 21 million people, or 80% of the population, require some form of humanitarian assistance and at least 1.5 million people are internally displaced, according to the UN Refugee Agency.
9 in 10 deaths and injuries from explosive weapons in Yemen are civilian: UNOCHA
About 86 percent of the people killed or injured by explosive weapons are civilians, according to a report: “State of crisis: explosive weapons in Yemen,” issued this week by OCHA and NGO Action on Armed Violence (AOAV).
This number rises to 95 per cent when explosive weapons are used in populated areas.