Children among five injured in missile attack on UN-run Yemen site – Middle East Monitor

Four children and a woman were injured in a dawn attack on a UN-run camp for internally displaced persons in Yemen’s Ma’rib Al-Wadi district, the International Organization for migration (IOM) and reported by Anadolu News Agency.

IOM urgently called on all parties to the conflict to respect international humanitarian law and protect the lives of civilians.

“Families have fled for their lives and have come to this site to seek shelter from the ongoing hostilities. Civilians should never be a target, ”said IOM Yemen Chief of Mission Christa Rottensteiner.

The injured, including one in critical condition, were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

IOM said its teams are ensuring the affected family receive urgent medical care and other assistance.

The Al-Hamma displacement site is home to nearly 250 households made up of around 1,500 people.

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IOM said it has provided shelter, essential relief items, water, sanitation and hygiene services since 2019.

No IOM staff were injured in the attack.

Yemen has been beset by violence and instability since 2014, when Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels captured much of the country, including Sana’a.

A Saudi-led coalition aimed at reestablishing the Yemeni government has exacerbated the situation, causing one of the world’s worst man-made humanitarian crises.

Nearly 80 percent of the population, or around 30 million, are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection, and more than 13 million people are at risk of starvation, according to UN estimates.

A recent UN report predicted that by the end of the year, the death toll from the Yemeni conflict that lasted seven years will reach 377,000.

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