UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, expressed deep sadness at reports of deaths and injuries of civilians, including refugees, when strikes hit Sana’a City on Thursday.
“Incidents like this which result in the tragic loss of civilian life and injury continue to illustrate the fact that the war in Yemen is taking a brutal toll on the civilian population,” UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic said Friday at a press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
Mahecic stressed that “civilians must be protected and parties to the conflict must ensure adherence to their obligations enshrined under International Humanitarian Law.”
There are more than 275,000 refugees and asylum seekers in Yemen, most of whom, more than 90 per cent, originate from Somalia.
On Monday 13 May, 105 refugees departed from the Port of Aden to the Port of Berbera, Somalia as part of the program, bringing the total number of refugees who have returned home through the program to date to 4,068.