One civilian killed every three hours in Yemen: Oxfam
One civilian has been killed every three hours in fighting in Yemen since the beginning of August, with many more people succumbing to disease and hunger, the international relief group Oxfam said .
Muhsin Siddiquey, Oxfam’s Country Director in Yemen said: “Every single life lost to this shameful conflict, be it through armed attacks, or through starvation and disease, should be an international outrage," Relief Web reported.
“Backers of all the warring parties should realise that they are complicit in this man-made crisis. Governments must comply with all international legal obligations to do their utmost to prevent civilian casualties or damage to civilian infrastructure. The international community urgently needs to do everything it can to get all sides in this war to agree a ceasefire," Siddiquey added.
Oxfam also called on the UK, US and other governments to suspend arms sales to the Saudis because of their disregard for civilian lives in the war in Yemen.
The United Nations humanitarian chief said the war on Yemen has left as many as 8.4 million people in the Arab world’s already poorest nation in need of urgent food aid.
Saudi Arabia, with the support of the United States, the United Arab Emirates and several other countries, has engaged in military aggression against Yemen and ground sieges, naval and air strikes since March 2015. The war initiated by Saudi Arabia and its allies in Yemen has killed more than 14,000 Yemeni people, injured tens of thousands and displaced millions of Yemenis.
The United States, and major European countries, including the UK and France, provide Saudi Arabia with various types of support, most importantly arms sales to Riyadh.
According to the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), since the beginning of the intervention led by Saudi Arabia and its' allies in Yemen in 2015, about 2,400 children have been killed and 3,600 maimed in Yemen.
The military aggression by Saudi Arabia has also affected Yemen by resulting in a severe food and drug shortage in the country.
The airstrike prompted strong criticism from human rights activists and organizations across the world, with many countries, including Iran, condemning the killing.
CNN reported that the weapon used to kill the Yemeni children was a 500-pound (227 kilogram) laser-guided MK 82 bomb made by American arms manufacturer, Lockheed Martin. 101/202