Over 1000 civilians die in Yemen over three week period

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Children play as a donkey cart passes destroyed buildings in the Al-Ora’s neighbourhood of Zinjibar, Yemen. Photo: UNHCR/A. Al-Sharif

At least 1,037 civilians, including 130 women and 234 children, lost their lives in Yemen in the three weeks up to 20 May, according to the UN human rights office.

At least another 2,450 civilians were injured.

Fighting has resumed in the Gulf state following a five-day pause to allow humanitarian supplies in.

Ana Carmo reports

The UN human rights office said the five-day humanitarian pause up to 17 May provided some respite from the ongoing conflict in Yemen.

However, there were still reports of ground combat and shelling, and millions remain in need of humanitarian assistance.

Following the pause, the violence has resumed in Yemen, including airstrikes in Aden, Ibb, Sada’ah, Dhale, and Sana’a.

Cécile Pouilly from the UN human rights office has appealed for civilians to be protected.

"Given the very large number of civilian casualties over the last four weeks, we again would like to urge all parties to adhere strictly to their obligations under international humanitarian law and to take all possible measures to ensure the protection of civilians."

Talks aimed at resolving the political crisis are expected to resume in Geneva on May 28th.

They’re expected to bring together members of the Yemeni government as well as the rebels.

Ana Carmo, United Nations

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