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Saudi coalition kills hundreds of Yemenis in 2017: UN

Saudi coalition kills hundreds of Yemenis in 2017: UN
From Al Jazeera - September 5, 2017

The United Nations has accused aSaudi-led coalition fightingin Yemen of failing "to mitigate the impact of its operations on civilians", and said the 29-month-war had caused the spread of al-Qaeda in the country.

In a report released on Tuesday, the UN'sHuman Rights Council (HRC) said that between July 2016 and August 2017, coalition air attacks continued to be the leading cause of civilian casualties, killing at least 933 civilians and injuring 1,423.

"In addition to markets, residential areas, and public and private infrastructure, the past year witnessed notable air strikes against funeral gatherings and small civilian boats," the report said.

It said that "civilians may have been directly targeted", with the coalition's operations "conducted heedless of their impact on civilians without regard to the principles of distinction, proportionality and precautions in attack.

"In some cases, information suggested that no actions were taken to mitigate the impact of operations on civilians".

Houthishelling killed at least 178 civilians and wounded 420,withTaiz, Yemen's second largest city, forced to suffer "unrelenting" bombardment, the HRC report said.

"I appeal to all the parties to the conflict, those supporting them and those with influence over them to have mercy on the people of Yemen,"Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, theUN high commissioner for human rights, said.

Armed groups hadexploited a power vacuum toexpand their presence beyond the south and southeast of the country, the report said, withal-Qaeda now "operational" in Taiz city.

Taiz has been besieged by Houthi fighters for more than more than two and half years withal-Qaeda fighters reportedly fighting"shoulder to shoulder" with pro-government forces.

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