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UN: Death toll in war-torn Yemen rises to at least 2,355

Published:Tuesday | September 29, 2015 | 6:42 AM


The office of the UN human rights chief said 151 civilians have been killed in fighting in Yemen over two weeks in September, taking the civilian death toll to 2,355 over the last six months.

The office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights cited both sides of the conflict, including a Saudi-led coalition supporting Yemen's government, and Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, and others. Spokesman Rupert Colville pointed to coalition airstrikes and "indiscriminate" shelling in residential areas.

OHCHR wants the coalition and Yemen's government to allow "independent and impartial" investigations in Yemen.

The agency's latest count, which dates to September 24, does not include casualties from an alleged air strike of a wedding party in Taiz that UN officials say may have killed 130 people or more.