On Friday, February 11, 2022, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that 234 civilians were killed in Yemen over the past month.
Conflict continues to take a huge toll on civilians in Yemen with the situation worsening since the last quarter of 2021 into the new year, the Un organisation said.
In January 2022, escalating hostilities in several front lines have resulted in more than 650 civilian casualties, the highest monthly count of civilian casualties in over three years, with an average of nearly 21 people a day. This number includes 234 civilian fatalities and 431 injuries.
In 2021, armed violence resulted in 2,508 civilian casualties, including 769 fatalities and 1,739 injuries, an average of nearly 7 civilian casualties a day.
More than 10,000 children were killed and injured
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has earlier documented the injury and death of more than 10,000 children since the escalation of the Yemeni conflict in 2015, noting that “the actual number is likely to be much higher.”
The UN organisation said that the time has come to stop violence and adopt a political solution, stressing that “this is the only solution to save children’s lives and prevent further misery and suffering for the families trapped in the conflict.”
Since about seven years ago, Yemen has been witnessing a war that has claimed 233,000 lives, and 80% of the population, numbering about 30 million, is now dependent on aid to survive, in the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, according to the United Nations.