UN Estimates Death Toll of Yemen to Be Over 10,000

Jan 17th, 2017 | By | Category: News Posts

According to “estimates” from a senior UN official, the death toll in the Yemeni conflict has surpassed 10,000 people.

During a press conference in Sanaa, UN Yemen Humanitarian Coordinator Jamie McGoldrick told reporters: “I don’t know the figures but the estimates are that over 10,000 people have been killed in this conflict and almost 40,000 people injured.”

“There are about 11 million people in this country who need some sort of protection in terms of human rights, to protect their dignity and their safety” added McGoldrick.

In 2013, the population of Yemen was estimated to be around 25 million people. If McGoldrick’s statistics are true, roughly half of the population of Yemen experiences problems with human rights’ implementation. According to UN World Food Program statistics, over 21 million people are in urgent need of “humanitarian assistance.”

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The recent estimates may be rough, especially since McGoldrick claimed “at least 10,000” had been killed in the Yemeni conflict in August of 2016.
RT reports: “Previous estimates voiced by McGoldrick were based on ‘official information’ from medical facilities in Yemen, but now, many areas in the war-ravaged country have no medical facilities left. Both local and internationally-supported hospitals have been struck by Saudi-led coalition planes in numerous incidents often blamed on ‘mistakes’ and ‘bad intelligence.’ The statistics are scarce as the dead are often buried without any official records.”

Brian Becker, the National coordinator for the ANSWER coalition, said: “This is a war of aggression being waged by Saudi Arabia. Civilians are being targeted, they are not simply collateral damage.”

Figures released from the UN office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights from October show that at least 4,125 civilians have been killed and at least 7,207 more are wounded.

“These people are committing war crimes routinely, systematically against the people of Yemen. This amounts to Holocaust, not just war crimes, it’s Holocaust,” said Kim Sharif, a human rights lawyer and director of Human Rights for Yemen.

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