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UN envoy arrives in Yemen after deadly weekend attack

UN envoy arrives in Yemen after deadly weekend attack

U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths arrived in Yemen’s rebel-held capital on Monday, as a U.N. agency said eight civilians were killed and 30 wounded in the shelling of a camp for displaced people over the weekend.

The U.N. humanitarian coordinator said the attack occurred on Saturday in the northern province of Hajjah, a rebel stronghold, where dozens of civilians have been killed and hundreds of families have been displaced in the past two months. The U.N. said an attack earlier this month near the same camp killed six children and two women.

“An attack like this cannot be justified – ever,” said Lise Grande, the U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, in a statement late Sunday. She didn’t identify the source of the shelling.

The Yemeni government accused the rebels, known as Houthis, of attacking the camp, allegations denied by the rebels.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said Sunday that over the past month at least 30 civilians have been killed and another 52 wounded by shelling and airstrikes in the area, including three children and two women.

Source: Washington Times

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