(ANSA) – GENEVA, June 03 – Nineteen civilians were killed in Yemen during the recently renewed two-month truce, mostly due to mines or unexploded ordnance. This was announced by the UN.
The ceasefire, which began on April 2, at the beginning of Ramadan, has been extended for another two months. The truce largely held up, even as the government and Iranian-backed Huthi rebels exchanged accusations of the violations. And the death toll recorded between April 2 and June 1 shows “the threat” that mines and unexploded improvised devices “pose to civilians, often over long periods of time, causing death or serious injury,” said the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Three children were killed in this way during the truce, while another 12 were injured, according to UNHCR.
Since 2014, the conflict has killed hundreds of thousands of people and left millions on the brink of famine. More than four million people are displaced and 19 million are at risk of starvation this year, the United Nations warns. (HANDLE).