UN calls for end to violence as death toll rises in Yemen

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Displaced people in al-Hamraa camp for IDPs in Yemen

The United Nations Human Rights Office on Tuesday called on factions in Yemen to stop deadly attacks on civilians and urged the government to allow access to human rights monitors.

This follows reports of more than 20 people being killed in the last week.

This violence results from protests demanding that President Saleh and senior officials be tried in court rather than be given immunity.

Ravina Shamdasani is the Spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

"We condemn the continuing attacks on civilians, particularly in Taiz, where we are seeing reports that more than 20 people have been killed by a shooting and shelling since Thursday last week. The continued use of disproportionate force by part of the government's security forces, despite commitments made to investigate serious human rights violations, is extremely disappointing. The killings must stop immediately and we urge all sides to halt the use of violent force."

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Meanwhile, UN agencies said that three children have been killed and seven injured in the latest round of violence in the southern city Taiz, bringing child mortalities to 138.

A report on the human rights violations in Yemen will be presented to the Human Rights Council in March.

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