From Huffington Post:
According to a United Nations official, 109 civilians have been killed in airstrikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in 10 days. 54 people died and 32 others were injured in an airstrike on a market in Taiz province. 8 of those deaths were children. On the same day in Hodeidah province, 14 members of the same family were killed in an airstrike on a farm.
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The fighting is futile and absurd, U.N. resident coordinator Jamie McGoldrick said, in unusually direct criticism of the campaign being waged by the coalition against the Iran-aligned Houthi movement.
The Saudi-led coalition, which is backed by the United States, Britain and others, denounced the charges, saying the information lacked credibility. McGoldrick appeared to be taking the Houthi side in the conflict, the Saudis said.
“These incidents prove the complete disregard for human life that all parties, including the Saudi-led coalition, continue to show in this absurd war that has only resulted in the destruction of the country and the incommensurate suffering of its people, who are being punished as part of a futile military campaign by both sides,” McGoldrick said.
Under international law, the warring sides must spare civilians and civilian infrastructure, he added.
A picture taken on December 23, 2017 shows Yemenis salvaging cans of food and burst sacks of wheat at a charity’s destroyed storage facility, following a reported Saudi-led coalition air strike in the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah. / AFP PHOTO / ABDO HYDER (Photo credit should read ABDO HYDER/AFP/Getty Images)