Statement by Secretary General Jan Egeland following reports of a second airstrike on Yemeni civilians

Published 15. Jul 2020
NRC Secretary General Jan Egeland said:

"These airstrikes destroyed family homes, with at least 10 children reported amongst the dead. This marks three mass civilian killings in a single month. Our teams are on the ground with food and shelter kits, helping those lucky enough to flee.  

"While Covid-19 decimates Yemen, bombings by the Saudi-led coalition have reached an intensity not seen in two years and missiles fired by Ansarallah into Saudi Arabia have also increased. Civilian casualties have trebled; vehicles, markets and homes have all been hit. 

"This is a blatant disregard for the laws of war. An immediate independent investigation is required, and those responsible must be held to account. The UN Security Council must act."

ENDS

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