Sixty-eight civilians were killed in two separate air raids by the Saudi-led coalition in one day of Yemen’s “absurd” war, the United Nations has said. The first airstrike on Tuesday hit a crowded market in Taez province, killing 54 civilians, including eight children, and wounding 32 others, Jamie McGoldrick, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator in Yemen, said in a statement.
The second raid was in the Red Sea province of Hodeida and killed 14 people from the same family. “I remain deeply disturbed by mounting civilian casualties caused by escalated and indiscriminate attacks throughout Yemen,” McGoldrick said. In addition to the casualties from Tuesday’s two air raids, another 41 civilians were killed and 43 wounded over the previous 10 days of fighting, he said.
The Arab coalition intensified its air campaign targeting the Iran-backed Houthi rebels after 19 December, when Saudi air defences intercepted a ballistic missile the insurgents fired at the Saudi capital, Riyadh.