yemen war

Saudi-Led Airstrike On A Hotel In Yemen Kills 60

About sixty people are feared killed in an airstrike on a hotel in Yemen’s Arhab, north of the national capital, and considered as mass casualty event in a war that broke in 2015 leading to nearly three million people to displace internally and 17 million waiting for food aid.

Citing aid groups and local officials the news agencies claim rescue personnel and aid workers have pulled out more than 30 bodies from the rubble of the hotel, which is said has been collapsed completely.

It is yet not known whether the victims are civilians or members of the Iran-backed Houthi rebel forces who are fighting in the country against Saudi-backed government.

The Houthi rebels have allied with former president Ali Abdullah Saleh to fight against loyal forces of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Saleh has led Yemen from 1990 to 2012. Hadi succeeded him thereafter and is now backed by Saudi-led coalition air power.

In the war the country’s infrastructure has been decimated and humanitarian crisis has been created. About 37,000 cases of cholera have been reported and over 1,800 have died due to such illness.

The war has also left over 10,000 civilians dead so far and international observers have accused the Saudi-led coalition for failure in protecting the civilians.

In the first two quarters of 2017 some 5,500 airstrikes have been raided, reveals report of Protection Cluster in Yemen.

Meanwhile, activists have also called on western countries to cease military support for the coalition.

Very recently a report by international aid agencies reveal there has been increase in number of civilian deaths this year compared to that of 2016.