Saudis raid Yemen, more than one hundred dead. The UN calls for a humanitarian truce
Sana'a (AsiaNews / Agencies) – The death toll from a series of air raids led by Saudi Arabia in Yemen over the past three days has reached nearly one hundred people, while the chances of reaching a humanitarian ceasefire grow increasingly distant.
The United Nations continue their diplomatic pressure to put an end to the attacks which, so far, have resulted in the deaths of at least 3 thousand people. The ariel bombing, which began in March, is led by Riyadh and aims to target Shiite Houthi rebel militias - who seized power in Sana'a and in different areas of Yemen Sunni majority - and bring to power the former president in exile Abd -Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
The Saba news agency, close to the Shiite rebels, reports that at least 54 people were killed in air raids in the province of Amran, north of the capital Sana'a, including 40 who were engaged in shopping in a market of Lower Joub, in the district Eyal Yazeed. Many casualties were also recorded in a market of al-Foyoush, a town in southern Yemen. In both cases there were women and children among the victims.
Meanwhile, the efforts of the UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed continue to try to reach a truce. Yesterday, the diplomat met with the leaders of the Houthi rebels in an effort to achieve the minimum target of a temporary ceasefire for the delivery of humanitarian aid to a population exhausted by the conflict.
Since January, Yemen has been the scene of a bloody internal conflict opposing the country’s Sunni rulers, backed by Saudi Arabia, and Shia Houthi rebels, supported by Iran.Since March, the Saudi led-coalition has carried out air strikes against the rebels.
According to United Nations reports, since19 March, the conflict has killed at least 1,500 people - 828 of them civilians - and wounded another 6 thousand. In the context of the conflict many artistic sites of the ancient capital, considered a Unesco heritage site, have also been destroyed.
Last week, the UN announced that the humanitarian crisis registered in Yemen has reached level 3, the highest and most serious. Meanwhile, the United States and European Union have supported an appeal aimed at the "suspension of the war for humanitarian reasons". Colette Gadenne, spokesman for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Yemen speaks of hundreds of people (civilians) affected by the bombardments of recent days.
"It is unacceptable - warns the activist - that airstrikes take place in highly concentrated civilian areas where people are gathering and going about their daily lives, especially at a time such as Ramadan"