Saudi coalition calls wrongful attack on Yemeni capital 'technical mistake'

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Air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition, which includes the UAE and Egypt, have killed at least 42 civilians in Yemen over the past week, the UN High Commission for Human Rights confirmed in Geneva on Friday. At least 16 civilians were killed in today's strikes, against targets in the city's south, with at least seven children among the slain.

According to the Liz, on Wednesday, an air raid struck the Istirahat Al-Shahab hotel, located in Bayt Al-Athri, where United Nations officials confirmed that 33 civilians were killed and 25 injured. "When the rocket hit, one of the buildings was immediately destroyed which caused the building next door to collapse too".

"Last night the Saudi Arabia-led coalition rained down bombs on civilians while they slept, killing five children and leaving three others seriously injured".

"This week's total is more than the number of civilians killed in the whole of June, when 52 were killed, and in July, which saw 57 civilian deaths", Throssell said.

Witnesses said they believed the warplanes were from the Saudi-led coalition waging a campaign against the Iran-aligned Houthi movement for control of the country in a war which has killed about 10,000 people in the past two-and-a-half years. On Friday's strike, he said: "I will review the information".

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In a statement, Malki said that the Arab coalition adopts rules of engagement in accordance with the provisions of global humanitarian law.

The rebel grouping controls much of northern Yemen, including Sanaa.

The UNHCR called for an independent investigation into the attacks, said Reuters.

It said the victims were reported to have been displaced to Mawza from nearby Al Mokha district, which is also experiencing intensified hostilities.

A total of 2,018 people have been killed by a cholera epidemic in war-torn Yemen since late April, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Saturday. The United States also regularly conducts deadly drone strikes on Yemen that Washington says target Al-Qaeda.