UN: 119 dead, including children, in airstrike by Saudi-led coalition in Yemen

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A young boy who lost his leg in the Yemen war uses a prosthetic limb at a government-run rehabilitation center in Sana'a, Yemen, Saturday, March 5, 2016. - Photo: AP

BELGRADE – The United Nations says the death toll from Tuesday’s airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen has risen to 119, VOA reported.

The United Nations children’s agency UNHCR said Thursday 22 children are among the dead, while 47 people remain injured.

“We strongly deplore the deadliest attack in Al-Khamees market in Mastaba district of Hajja governorate,” the agency said in a statement.

Tuesday’s airstrike on the market northwest of the capital, Sanaa, was the latest in a series of similar bombings by the coalition that have left hundreds of civilians dead.  The market serves tens of thousands of people and was struck during the busiest time of day.

Witnesses said there were no military targets nearby.

The conflict between the Saudi-backed government and Iranian-supported Shi’ite Houthi rebels has killed more than 6,000 Yemenis and injured over 35,000 others.  More than two million people have been displaced by the fighting.

The U.N. and its partners estimate that 21.2 million people, 82 percent of Yemen’s population, require some form of humanitarian or protection assistance.

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