U.N. Urges Respect for Humanitarian Law, Following Deadly Strike in Yemen

U.N. Urges Respect for Humanitarian Law, Following Deadly Strike in Yemen

The United Nations urged respect for humanitarian law and pressed for an impartial investigation after an air raid struck a building in Yemen's capital on Friday (August 25), killing 12 people including six children when an adjacent apartment block collapsed.

"We remind all parties to the conflict, including the Coalition, of their duty to ensure full respect for international humanitarian law," U.N. human rights spokeswoman Liz Throssell said.

Residents said the strike did not target the apartment house where people were killed, but instead hit a vacant building next to it. The apartment house contained eight flats and appeared to have wooden ceilings, a witness said.

People at the scene told Reuters that the warplanes were believed to be from a Saudi-led Arab coalition waging a 2-1/2-year-old campaign against the Iran-aligned Houthi movement for control of the country, in a war which has killed at least 10,000 people.

The Houthis and their ally, former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, control much of the north of the country, including Sanaa. Yemen's internationally-recognized government is backed by the Saudi-led military alliance and is based in the south.

In the week to Thursday Aug. 24, 58 civilians were killed in Yemen, "including 42 by the Saudi- led coalition," with the rest attributed to unknown armed men and to the Popular Committees affiliated with the Houthi rebels, she said.

Some two million people have been displaced by the war, according to the United Nations.