Ye­men vi­o­lence kills 944, in­jures 3,487: WHO

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

The vi­o­lence rag­ing in Ye­men since late March has killed 944 peo­ple and in­jured 3,487 as of April 17, the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion said Tues­day.

The U.N. health agency said the num­bers came from health fa­cil­i­ties in Ye­men, but the true fig­ures are likely higher since many peo- ple are not mak­ing it to hos­pi­tals for treat­ment.

Last Fri­day, the WHO had put the toll at 767 deaths and 2,906 in­jured in the lat­est round of vi­o­lence that be­gan on March 19.

The WHO toll does not dis­tin­guish be­tween civil­ians and fighters.

Ye­men,

strate­gi­cally

lo­cated near key ship­ping routes and bor­der­ing oil-rich Saudi Ara­bia, was plunged into chaos last year when Iran-backed Huthi Shi­ite rebels seized the cap­i­tal Sanaa.

A coali­tion of Sunni Arab na­tions led by Saudi Ara­bia launched air strikes last month against the rebels, vow­ing to re­store the author­ity of Pres­i­dent Abedrabbo Man­sour Hadi, who fled to Riyadh as the rebels ad­vanced on his south­ern refuge of Aden.

On Tues­day, medics in Ye­men re­ported that 38 civil­ians had been killed and 532 wounded when the coali­tion struck a mis­sile de­pot in the Ye­meni cap­i­tal on Mon­day.

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