Hopkins: Saudi Aggression attacks civilians and civilian infrastructure

SANA’A, 18 سبتمبر 2015- Vital water supplies intended to help 11,000 people in the 
worst conflict-affected areas of Yemen were destroyed 17 سبتمبر in the bombing of a 
warehouse used by the agency for humanitarian supplies in Dhamar, south of Yemen’s 
capital, Sana’a.
“UNICEF is appalled by the destruction of these humanitarian supplies – which included 
jerry cans, water filters and water tanks. Such attacks only harm civilians, and cannot be 
justified” said Jeremy Hopkins, Acting UNICEF Representative in Yemen in his Statement. 
Hopkins added that across Yemen, since مارس this year, at least 466 children have been 
killed and another 658 were injured as a result of the intensive fighting, “attacks on civilians 
and infrastructure such as schools, hospitals, bridges and roads have become a common 
feature of the armed conflict in Yemen”.
His Statement pointed out that since the escalation of the conflict in مارس 2015, UNICEF 
was able to verify that 41 schools and 61 hospitals have been attacked or damaged as a 
result of the fighting, “in Taiz, where fighting has escalated in recent weeks, partners have 
reported that UNICEF humanitarian supplies, including medicines for children, have been 
confiscated by armed groups”.
UNICEF calls on all parties to the conflict in Yemen to refrain from attacking civilians and 
civilian infrastructure in accordance with international humanitarian law. All civilians 
including children should be protected at all times.