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UN chief condemns Saudi coalition deadly attacks on Yemen

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned Friday air raids by Saudi-led coalition on Yemen that reportedly killed and wounded scores of people.

Military aircraft of the Saudi-led military coalition pounded a detention center in Sa’ada in the early hours of Friday, killing tens of people and injuring dozens more, with reports saying that the death toll is expected to rise since many of the wounded were seriously hurt. 

Guterres’ spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, stated further deadly strikes had been reported elsewhere in Yemen with children among those killed. 

“An airstrike on telecommunications facilities in Hodeidah has also significantly disrupted vital internet services across much of the country,” Dujarric announced in a statement. 

“The Secretary-General calls for prompt, effective and transparent investigations into these incidents to ensure accountability,” he added. 

Save the Children announced in a statement that three children were reportedly killed in the western city of Hodeidah. 

Saudi Arabia and its allies launched a war against the Arab world’s most impoverished nation in March 2015. The war has been seeking to restore power in Yemen to Riyadh’s favorite officials. 

The death toll of the war, now in its seventh year, will reach an estimated 377,000 by the end of 2021, according to a recent report from the UN’s Development Programme. 

The fighting has seen some 80 percent of the population, or 24 million people, relying on aid and assistance, including 14.3 million who are in acute need.

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