SANAA, The Yemen's Humanitarian Coordinator, Lise Grande, said initial reports indicated that 11 civilians, including five female students, were killed while dozens of civilians injured yesterday in Shaoub district, capital Sanaa.

In a statement obtained by the Yemeni News Agency (Saba), Grande said that protection of the population and the civilian infrastructure are fundamental principles of international humanitarian law.

"These principles are being violated even as we struggle to address the worst food security crisis in the world and one of the worst cholera outbreaks in recent history," she said.

"The most vulnerable people who are in desperate need of our help also need as much sympathy as they are the most people who pay a heavy price for this terrible conflict and this is a mistake," she said.

Yemen faces the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. Nearly 80 per cent of the total population, or 24.1 million people, needs humanitarian assistance and protection. Ten million people are on the verge of starvation and seven million are malnourished.

Source: Yemen News Agency

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