Death toll in Ye­men war hits 10 000: UN

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THE United Na­tions (UN) says the death toll from the 18-month Saudi war against Ye­men has in­creased to nearly 10 000.

The UN Hu­man­i­tar­ian Co­or­di­na­tor said in a press con­fer­ence in the Ye­meni cap­i­tal on Tues­day that the toll was based on of­fi­cial records pro­vided by med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties in Ye­men.

Jamie McGoldrick added that the fig­ure might be even higher as some ar­eas in Ye­men lack med­i­cal premises, and fam­i­lies there of­ten bury loved ones by them­selves.

In­ter­nal Ye­meni sources had pre­vi­ously pro­vided the same num­ber for the ca­su­al­ties in the Saudi war.

The news comes as Saudi Ara­bia con­tin­ues to pound Ye­men in its war of ag­gres­sion.

On Tues­day, Saudi aerial at­tacks hit a civil­ian ve­hi­cle in the Razih district in the north­west­ern prov­ince of Sa’ada, leav­ing three peo­ple dead and one in­jured.

The Saudi war­planes also bombed a gas sta­tion in the dis­tricts of Sa­har and Baqim as well as the Kahlan mil­i­tary base in Sa’ada Prov­ince.

The dis­tricts of Nihm and San­han in the Ye­meni cap­i­tal of Sana’a were also hit in Saudi air raids.

Saudi jets also pounded sev­eral ar­eas across the prov­ince of Ha­j­jah in north­west­ern Ye­men.

More air at­tacks were re­ported in the prov­ince of Ta’izz as well as Hu­day­dah Prov­ince, where the prov­ince’s air­port was hit.

There were no im­me­di­ate re­ports of pos­si­ble ca­su­al­ties in the lat­ter air raids.

The in­dis­crim­i­nate Saudi airstrikes also “mis­tak­enly” hit the po­si­tions of the Riyadh-backed mer­ce­nar­ies in the Matun district in the prov­ince of Jawf on Tues­day, killing and in­jur­ing an un­spec­i­fied num­ber of them.

Ye­meni An­sarul­lah fight­ers and al­lied army units are fight­ing back the Saudi in­vaders and their mer­ce­nar­ies.

A num­ber of such mer­ce­nar­ies were killed and in­jured as the Ye­meni forces launched rocket at­tacks at the mil­i­tants’ po­si­tions in the district of Dhubab of Ta’izz.

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