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13 killed by airstrike in Yemen’s Sanaa

On Sunday, April 7th 2019, at least 13 were killed and 110 were wounded after an airstrike hit a residential area near a school in the rebel-held capital, Sanaa.

However, reports suggest that the strike may have hit a warehouse in the neighbourhood where Houthi rebels stored weapons, causing a further explosion.

The strike resulted in damage to a nearby school and school children are among the dead and wounded. Seven children were said to be among the dead.

The United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Yemen called for an investigation into the incident.

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) records casualties (i.e. people killed and injured) from explosive violence around the world as reported in English-language news sources.

In Yemen in 2018, AOAV recorded 2,330 casualties from 227 incidents of explosive violence – of which, civilians accounted for 78% (1,807) of total casualties. This accounts for an 8% rise in civilian casualties compared to the previous year; from 1,670 in 2017 to 1,807 last year.

Of the civilian casualties recorded in Yemen, state actors were responsible for 86% (1,551), with the Saudi-led coalition responsible for the vast majority (85% of total civilian casualties), with a 9% rise in civilian casualties from the Saudi-led coalition (from 1,414 civilian casualties in 2017, to 1,535 last year).

AOAV strongly condemns the use of violence against civilians and calls upon all states and groups to stop using weapons with wide-area impacts in populated areas, due to the severe impact these have on civilians.