Number of civilian casualties in Yemen has halved since the start of the truce – World

The number of civilians killed or injured in Yemen has halved following the adoption of a war truce in the country in early April, the Norwegian Refugee Council announced today.

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In April, the humanitarian organization recorded 95 casualties among the population, which represents less than half of the 213 civilians killed or injured in the month before the UN-negotiated cessation of hostilities for an initial period of two months.

The statistic was advanced by the Civil War Impact Monitoring Project, which recorded “clear evidence of the benefits of the truce”, said the director of the Norwegian Refugee Council (CNR) for Yemen, Erin Hutchinson, in a statement released today.

In April, he added, “many families avoided having their lives destroyed by the loss of family members in a senseless war.”

The conflict in Yemen began in 2015 and pits the internationally recognized government, backed by a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia, and the Houthi rebels, backed by Iran.

In these seven years, the war has killed hundreds of thousands of people and brought the poorest country in the Arab world to the brink of famine.

The truce, which took effect on 2 April, resulted in a “significant decrease” in the number of people killed or injured by air strikes, bombings and gunfire, the CNR said.

The number of victims of mines and unexploded ordnance continues, however, to increase, added the non-governmental organization.

“We urge the parties to respect their commitments and find a peaceful solution to this conflict, which has killed and maimed thousands of people and deprived millions of livelihoods”, appealed Irin Hutchinson.

“The fact that people still continue to be injured and killed by mines and explosive devices shows the crucial need to establish a lasting peace that allows these vestiges of war to be eliminated”, he concluded.

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