GENEVA The United Nations human rights office reports that Saudi-led coalition airstrikes have killed at least 136 Yemeni civilians and injured 86 over the past two weeks.

This surge in civilian casualties follows the killing of former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh in the capital of Sana'a early this month. Saleh was killed by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels angry at his peace overtures to Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia's counter attack has been relentless. U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert Colville says in the period from December 6 to 16, the Saudi-led coalition has carried out numerous airstrikes against Houthi targets.

Houthi rebels on Tuesday reportedly fired a ballistic missile near the Saudi capital, Riyadh, which was intercepted by the Saudi-led coalition. No casualties have been reported.

Source: Voice of America

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