GENEVA, Switzerland – Forty five civilians including women and children were killed in airstrikes in Yemen over the last four days, the spokesperson of the Office at the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Liz Throssell confirmed at the press conference in Palais des Nations in Geneva on Tuesday.
He said according to eyewitnesses “there were no military objects in the vicinity of the targeted area” at the time of the airstrike.
She noted that the coalition-led airstrike “destroyed a wedding tent in the grounds of a house in Al-Raqah village, while the victims were celebrating the marriage of their relatives”.
According to the locals, there was no trace of the military vehicles in this area either.
Throssel called the US-led coalition “to investigate all these latest deadly attacks independently, thoroughly and transparently to see if they involve violations of international humanitarian law” as well as “to ensure that all their forces observe the principles of distinction, necessity and proportionality”.