Sep 25, 2018

Report: Civilian deaths in Yemen up 164%

A displaced Yemeni woman.

A displaced Yemeni woman in the Hodeidah province. Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Civilian deaths in the ongoing war in Yemen have increased 164% since June, the International Rescue Committee reported on Tuesday.

The big picture: Citing the monitoring group Armed Location and Event Data (ACLED), the IRC attributed the increase in deaths to Saudi-led coalition efforts to retake Hodeidah, a port city crucial to the functioning of the already-embattled country. Earlier this month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Congress that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were working to "reduce the risk of harm to civilians."

  • Pentagon spokeswoman Cmdr. Rebecca Rebarich told Axios: "While we do not independently verify claims of civilian casualties in which we are not directly involved; we call upon all parties to take all feasible precautions to avoid harm to civilians."
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