UN humanitarian and refugee agencies condemned Thursday's Saudi-led airstrikes on the Yemeni capital of Sana'a that killed several people and injured dozens more, at a press conference at the UN Office in Geneva on Friday.
Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Spokesperson, Jens Laerke, said that the airstrikes left five children dead and 16 wounded, according to preliminary reports. Laerke noted that "additional casualties, including health workers, have been reported."
UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Spokesperson, Andrej Mahecic, reported that "refugees are known to be among those injured and affected," including a Somali woman and her daughter, who are "now receiving critical treatment in a hospital."
On Thursday, the Saudi-led military coalition carried out several air strikes in and around Sana'a. Saudi-led coalition Spokesperson Colonel Turki al-Malki claimed that they launched airstrikes, targeting suspected Houthi weapons' warehouses and positions on the Mountain of Attan, near Sanaa.
Media close to the Houthis said that the airstrikes targeted residential areas in the centre of the capital, resulting in casualties and significant architectural damage. In addition, two Houthi facilities on the outskirts of Sanaa were also struck.