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12 mars 2019 | 08h56 UTC

Yemen: Recent fighting in Hajjah kills 22 people /update 1

Yemen Alerte de sécurité

UN reports deaths of 22 civilians in Hajjah between March 9-10; further airstrikes and violence expected near the Saudi-Yemeni border in coming days and weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/3/2019, 12h00 until 24/3/2019, 11h59 (Asia/Aden). COUNTRY/REGION Hajjah governorate

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Event

At least 22 civilians were killed in recent violence in Hajjah governorate between Saturday, March 9, and Sunday, March 10, according to a UN statement released on Monday, March 11. At least 30 others were wounded, including some critically, according to the report. Houthi media blamed the deaths on Saudi-led coalition airstrikes on homes in Kushar district. The Saudis claimed the deaths were due to artillery fire by Houthi forces targeting the local Hajour tribe. Further violence is likely to continue in Hajjah governorate and other areas near the border in the coming days and weeks.

Context

Yemen is engaged in a complex and deadly conflict, ongoing since Houthi rebels entered into a civil war with the Yemeni government, supported by a Saudi-led coalition, in 2015. The Saudi-led coalition has carried out thousands of airstrikes in Yemen since its intervention began. Hundreds of Yemeni civilians have been killed in the strikes, which have hit schools, hospitals, and markets, in addition to Houthi militant positions and personnel. In total, more than 10,000 Yemenis have died in the fighting and some 3 million have been displaced.

Advice

Due to poor security conditions, many Western governments advise their citizens against all travel to Yemen. Travel to the country should only be considered with proper security protocols in place. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.

 

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