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21 July 2017, 12:55 | Rex Hubbard
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"The people of Yemen are being subjected to deprivation, disease, and death as the world watches", Stephen O'Brien, the United Nations under secretary general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, said in a recent speech to the UN Security Council.
"The incident was reported on Tuesday afternoon and the number of civilian casualties are still being verified with initial reports pointing to at least 20 deaths", the agency said in statement. Each of Yemen's mainland governorates affected by conflict and tens thousands killed and injured.
"It also illustrates the difficulties in the delivery of humanitarian protection and assistance in Yemen", Spindler added. "More must be done".
Yemen's government, allied with a Saudi-led Arab military coalition, has for years been battling Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels for control of the impoverished country.
Judges found that the Saudi-led coalition was "not deliberately targeting civilians" and alleged massacres were under investigation, concluding that it had not been established that there was "a clear risk that the items might be used in the commission of a serious violation of global humanitarian law".
The campaigners want the U.N.to highlight crimes committed by Saudi Arabia in its annual children and armed conflict report, expected to be released next month.
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Dr Abdullah al-Rabeeah, a former Saudi minister and now head of the country's state aid agency, told The Independent "there is no intention whatsoever to bombard or kill civilians".
Separately, United Nations officials said the coalition barred a U.N. flight to Yemen's capital, Sanaa, which is controlled by the Houthis.
The plane was going to bring aid workers and BBC reporters from Djibouti.
US-based humanitarian agency CARE International said its Secretary-General Wolfgang Jamann was scheduled to fly to Sanaa for a first-hand look at a cholera outbreak that has killed almost 1,800 people since April.
Since the Saudi-led coalition began its attacks, the conflict has killed more than 10,000 people, forced millions from their homes, damaged infrastructure and pushed the country to the brink of starvation, according to the UN.
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