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Saudi warplanes kill 22 displaced Yemenis in Ta'izz

A Yemeni refugee comforts his daughter in an under-construction orphanage that has been turned into a transit center for Yemeni refugees, in northern Djibouti on May 19, 2015. (AP photo)

Saudi warplanes have targeted three displaced families in Yemen’s southwestern province of Ta’izz, killing 22 civilians.

The Saudi jets targeted the displaced families near Khalid camp in Mawza’ District, Yemeni al-Masirah television network reported on Tuesday.

The reported had initially reported 19 civilian deaths in the raid, but later reported a rise in the number of fatalities.

However, the UN refugee agency issued a statement on Wednesday, in which it said 20 Yemenis had lost in the attack.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said it was “deeply shocked and saddened at reports of the deaths and injuries of a number of internally displaced persons in an aerial attack” on the area.

“This latest incident once again demonstrates the extreme dangers facing civilians in Yemen, particularly those attempting to flee violence, as they disproportionately bear the brunt of conflict,” the statement said.

On Monday, Yemeni forces repelled Saudi-led attacks west of Mawza’ District, killing and injuring 40 of the mercenaries. Six vehicles of the Saudi-led forces were also destroyed during the operation.

Saudi Arabia has been leading a destructive military campaign against Yemen since March 2015 to reinstate former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and crush the Houthi movement.

The campaign has seriously damaged the country's infrastructure. Local Yemeni sources have put the death toll from the Saudi war at over 12,000, including many women and children.

Yemeni Ansarullah fighters chant slogans at a gathering in the capital Sana’a on July 16, 2017. (AFP photo)

The UN has warned that suspected cholera cases across Yemen has surpassed 320,000 while at least 1,740 had lost their lives after being infected.

On July 12, UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs Stephen O'Brien blamed Yemen’s cholera crisis on the perpetrators and their foreign supporters of the ongoing war against the impoverished country.

The US and the UK have been the main purveyors of weapons, training and intelligence to Saudis during the course of the unprovoked war, which began in March 2015.

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