Coali­tion raids kill 68 Ye­me­nis in a day

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7 Sixty-eight Ye­meni civil­ians were killed in two air raids by the Saudi-led coali­tion in one day, the UN’s hu­man­i­tar­ian co­or­di­na­tor in Ye­men has said, as he con­demned what he de­scribed as “an ab­surd and fu­tile war”.

Jamie McGoldrick’s un­usu­ally di­rect crit­i­cism came in an up­date cit­ing ini­tial re­ports from the UN hu­man rights of­fice of the two strikes last week. The first hit a crowded mar­ket in Taez prov­ince, killing 54 civil­ians, in­clud­ing eight chil­dren, and wound­ing 32 oth­ers, McGoldrick said. The sec­ond was in the Red Sea prov­ince of Hodei­dah and killed 14 peo­ple from one fam­ily.

“I re­main deeply dis­turbed by mount­ing civil­ian ca­su­al­ties,” McGoldrick said.

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