Yemen civilian death toll in Saudi-led airstrike reaches 20

Yemen's cholera epidemic world's worst: Oxfam

The airstrike in Yemen's embattled Mawza district, in the Taizz governorate, was reported Tuesday, according to a statement released by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Yemeni officials said several women and children were among the casualties.

The Saudi-led coalition, which is backing Yemen government forces fighting the Iran-allied Houthi rebels, prevented the United Nations flight from departing Djibouti on Tuesday because the journalists were due to travel.

"When there is a conflict there will be mistakes, but we account for our mistakes and apologise for them, and try to compensate those who have been hurt", he added, claiming the autocracy was also the "number one donor" for aid and development in Yemen.

Worldwide rights groups have accused the coalition of bombing civilian gatherings, markets, hospitals, and residential areas across Yemen since the beginning of its campaign against Houthi rebels in 2015. They aim to restore the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

"This latest incident once again demonstrates the extreme dangers facing civilians in Yemen, particularly those attempting to flee violence, as they disproportionately bear the brunt of conflict", UNHCR said.




"It also illustrates the difficulties in the delivery of humanitarian protection and assistance in Yemen..."

Those killed in the airstrike were among the more than two million internally displaced Yemenis "who have fled elsewhere across Yemen since the beginning of the conflict, but continue to be exposed to danger as the conflict has affected all of Yemen's mainland governorates", the United Nations.

Dr Abdullah al-Rabeeah, a former Saudi minister and now head of the country's state aid agency, told The Independent "there is no intention whatsoever to bombard or kill civilians".

Yemen's internationally recognised government confirmed that around 20 people were killed in the al-Atera village.

The UNHCR statement said more than half a million civilians, 27 per cent of Yemen's internally displaced people (IDPs), originate from the governeorate of Taez.

US-based humanitarian agency CARE International said its Secretary-General Wolfgang Jamann was scheduled to fly to Sanaa for a first-hand look at a cholera outbreak that has killed almost 1,800 people since April.

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