Nearly 100 civilians killed or wounded every week in Yemen: UN

Almost 100 civilians were either killed or wounded every week in Yemen last year, with children accounting for a fifth of all casualties, the United Nations has said.
According to figures released by the world body’s refugee agency on Thursday, more than 4,800 civilian deaths and injuries were reported over the course of 2018,
Children accounted for 410 deaths and 542 injuries, the UNHCR said.
Relying on open source data for its findings, the agency noted that nearly half of all the casualties – 48 percent – were reported in the western city of Hodeidah, whose strategic port has been the scene of fierce fighting between Houthi rebels and Saudi-UAE-backed fighters supporting Yemen’s government.
The UN figures also showed that a staggering 30 percent of the civilians were either killed and wounded inside their homes, with non-combatants also targeted when travelling on roads, working on farms and at other civilian sites.
“The report illustrates the staggering human cost of the conflict,” said Volker Turk, the UNHCR’s assistant high commissioner for refugees.
“Civilians in Yemen continue to face serious risks to their safety, well-being and basic rights. Exposed to daily violence, many live under constant fear and suffer in deteriorating conditions, turning in desperation to harmful coping mechanisms in order to survive”.
Despite the ferocity of the conflict, a figure of 10,000 has frequently cited by journalists and relief agencies to describe the number of civilian deaths in the conflict.
That number is based on figures released by the UN in August 2016.
However, according to the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED), at least 60,223 people may have been killed since January 2016, nine months after Saudi Arabia launched a massive aerial campaign in support of the forces fighting the Houthis.
Aljazeera

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