Concerns Over Rising Civilian Casualty Numbers
Hostilities across Yemen continue to exact a high civilian toll, although fewer casualties were reported in the first three months of 2019 than in the same period in 2018 .“Violence rages still,” Mr. Lowcock told the Security Council on 15 May. “In the first quarter of the year, more than 900 civilian casualties were reported. And it is a sobering fact of the war in Yemen…that civilians are more likely to die in their own homes than anywhere else, as a result of the war.”
On 16 May, multiple air strikes hit various locations in Amanat Al Asimah and Sana’a governorates, killing children and wounding more than 70 civilians including foreign health workers and a refugee. In a statement, Ms. Grande, Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen said: “This terrible incident is a tragic reminder of all the reasons this war must stop.”
The Protection Cluster reported 52 civilian casualties in Al Dhale’e Governorate between 9 and 15 May. This figure included seven civilians, six of whom were children, who were killed in a strike on houses in Shalil area on 11 May. During the reporting period, a surge in civilian casualties was reported in Sa’ada and Al Jawf governorates. In Majz District, Sa’ada Governorate, an airstrike hit a vehicle, killing six civilians and injuring one other. Majz has seen a share of casualties owing to its proximity to areas of active hostilities. In Al Ghayl District, shellfire hit a vehicle killing two civilians.
In Hajjah Governorate, the Protection Cluster reported confrontations in Hayran District and airstrikes and bombing in Abs. The casualty rate across the Al Hudaydah Hub remained high, with 19 civilian casualties reported between 9 and 15 May, including four in Hajjah. Heavy weapons were used in Al Hali District while strikes intensified in Ad Durayhimi District. Hostilities were also reported Al Jabaliyah area in At Tuhayta District. One child was killed in Al Hali and another injured. In Taizz Governorate, , 12 civilian casualties were reported between 9 and 15 May. According to the Civilian Impact Monitoring Project, in the year to date, an average 17 civilian casualties have been reported each week.