Yemen civilian death toll exceeds 1,500: UN

Published July 7th, 2015 - 04:00 GMT

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says the number of civilians killed in Yemen since the onset of the Saudi aggression against the impoverished country has exceeded 1,500.

The UN agency released the latest figures on Tuesday, noting that at least 92 civilians were killed and 179 others suffered injuries between June 17 and July 3.

The UN office added that the casualties bring the total number of civilians killed since March 27 to 1,528. It said 3,605 people have also been injured.

Saudi Arabia launched a deadly campaign against the impoverished country on March 26.

The UN report comes as local Yemeni sources say more than 4,500 people have been killed since Riyadh started its deadly airstrikes.

The conflict in Yemen has displaced more than one million people inside the country since March, in addition to over 300,000 displaced people before the crisis erupted, according to the UN refugee agency. More than 46,000 people have also escaped the country.

In the latest Saudi attack, warplanes bombed a German hospital in the Yemeni city of Harad in the northwestern province of Hajjah on Tuesday.

Jens Laerke, a spokesman for the UN humanitarian agency, has warned that "a massive humanitarian crisis" is going on in Yemen, while Antoine Grand, the head of the International Committee for the Red Cross delegation in the Arab country, has described the situation as "catastrophic in general," adding that it is "deteriorating by the day."

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material


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