Raising alarm over continuing civilian casualties in the midst of increased hostilities in war-ravaged Yemen, the United Nations human rights chief underscored that all parties to the conflict were obliged under international humanitarian law to ensure that civilians were not harmed.
There is an increasing rate of civilian casualties in Yemen with nearly 6,000 civilians killed in the three-year conflict, United Nations Human Rights office of the High Commissioner reported yesterday.
The situation in Taizz governorate - located in south-west Yemen - is of particular concern.
"The upsurge in fighting in the south-western Governorate of Taiz is of particular concern. Civilians are under fire on all sides, as the Saudi-led Coalition continues to conduct airstrikes," Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein said.
Twenty-seven people were killed and 76 injured in Yemen between 1-8 February, more than double the confirmed number of civilian casualties from the previous week, Al-Hussein warned.
Since January 2015, 547 people have been reportedly killed by drone strikes and 62 injured according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ).
"The parties to this conflict are obliged to take constant care to spare the civilian population, respecting the principles of distinction, proportionality and precaution. I remind them that any intentional, direct attack against civilians or civilian objects is considered a serious violation of international humanitarian law, and that they should take all feasible precautions to avoid, and in any event, minimise, the impact of violence on civilians," Al-Hussein continued.
Between 1 and 8 February, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) verified that 27 people were killed and 76 injured in Yemen - more than double the number of civilian casualties confirmed during the previous week.