Saudi-led Airstrikes Killed 136 Yemenis in Past Two Weeks, UN Claims

United States calls for delivery of UN aid shipments to Yemen

A Yemeni man offers prayers at the grave of his relative who were killed during Yemen's ongoing conflict, during "martyr week" marked by Shiite rebels known as Houthis, at a cemetery in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017
AP Photo/Hani Mohammed

Air strikes by the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen have killed at least 136 civilians and non-combatants since December 6, UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a regular UN briefing on Tuesday.

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Incidents verified by the UN included seven air strikes that hit a prison in the Shaub district of Sanaa on Dec. 13, killing at least 45 detainees thought to be loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi who is supported by Saudi Arabia.

The United States is pressing for the delivery of World Food Program shipments to Yemen and the installation of new cranes at a key port amid a conflict in the nation that has killed or wounded more than 60,000 people, the State Department said on Monday.

John Sullivan, the U.S. deputy secretary of state, discussed Yemen with the leaders of international organizations on Friday and underscored that Washington was pressing for restoration of full humanitarian and commercial access to Yemen, the department said.

Sullivan told the leaders the United States was calling for "the delivery of World Food Program shipments that have not reached Hudaydah since late November, and the installation of new cranes at Hudaydah port," it said in a statement.