United Nations, Aug 7 : Armed groups affiliated with the Al Qaeda and ISIL terror groups, appear to have intensified their activities in Yemen, Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesperson for the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) has declared, describing the situation as an example of “deeply worrying developments” that have seriously impacted civilians over the past ten days.
In a statement on Tuesday, the spokesperson noted that, during the period, the office had verified 19 civilian deaths, and 42 injured, in districts of Taiz, Sa’ada and Aden.
The majority of the deaths resulted from an attack in the Al Thabet market area of Sa’ada Governorate on 29 July, in which 14 civilians were killed and 26 injured.
The spokesperson said: “We have received information from multiple sources about arbitrary arrests and detention, forced displacement, physical assaults and harassment, as well as looting and vandalism”.
Reports also suggest that security forces have rounded up northern Yemenis during searches of hotels and restaurants, added the spokesperson.
The escalating military situation in the Al Dhale region of southwest Yemen, which has seen the use of landmines, airstrikes, shelling and ground fighting, remains a deep source of concern for the UN Human Rights Office.
Since March, the conflict has resulted in at least 26 civilian deaths and 45 injured, although, due to lack of access to the area, the figures are likely to be much higher, said the spokesperson. (UNI)