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UN Slams Saudi Arabia for Human Rights Atrocities in Yemen

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A UN report on human rights abuses accused Saudi Arabia's coalition airstrikes for causing extensive damage in Yemen.

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Since the beginning of the war in 2015, at least 10,000 people lost their lives in the country.

Recent information showed that a UN panel investigated 10 airstrikes in 2017 that killed 157 people. It found that the targets included migrant boats, a vehicle, a night market, five residential buildings, a motel and government buildings.

The panel requested Saudi authorities to comment over their rationale behind these attacks, but has received no response, according to Al-Jazeera TV network.

On Dec. 19, Yemen marked 1,000 days of Saudi-led war. Johan Mooij, CARE's Country Director in Yemen, described the situation as "appalling." He added that "millions of Yemenis are facing multiple crises of war, hunger, disease outbreaks and recent blockades on fuel and commercial imports."

The same month, the Pentagon admitted to "multiple ground operations" in Yemen that have led to civilian deaths, leaving the region even more volatile.

"US forces have conducted multiple ground operations and more than 120 strikes in 2017," US Central Command, Centcom, in Tampa, Florida, said in a statement.

Meanwhile, widespread destruction from the US-backed Saudi airstrikes displaced over a million people in the country. Additionally, a severe cholera outbreak in the area also claimed the lives of at least 2,119 people, according to the Red Cross. Another eight million are on the verge of starvation.

"Every day, parents are carrying their malnourished children to hospital because they haven't eaten in days, and families are watching as loved ones die needlessly from treatable illnesses because they do not have access to medical care," International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said in a statement.

Since the Saudi-led war which started in 2015, the US and UK supplied nearly US$5 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

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