The United Nations has issued a stark warning to the warring sides in Yemen’s conflict over civilian deaths.
The world’s so-called ‘forgotten war’ has killed more than 10,000 people, many of them civilians.
The UN says that over the past month alone, at least 49 civilians lost their lies in a string of indiscriminate shelling attacks on public spaces and markets as Iran-allied Houthi forces battle a Saudi-led Arab alliance.
In a press briefing in Geneva, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ravina Shamdasani, said:
“During the more than two years since the conflict in Yemen began, marketplaces have been struck a number of times, causing loss of civilian lives. We recall that indiscriminate or disproportionate attacks or attacks targeting civilian objects such as markets are prohibited under international humanitarian law.”
What is more, a cholera outbreak, caused by the contamination of water or food by faeces, is fast approaching 300,000 cases.
UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien says it is a “man-made catastrophe” caused by Yemen’s warring sides and their international backers.
Some 1,300 people have died, a quarter of them children.