A Saudi-led coalition’s offensive against Shiite rebels along Yemen’s west coast has displaced tens of thousands of Yemeni civilians, according to an international rights group.
The report by Amnesty International said Yemeni escapees described “terrifying mortar attacks, air strikes, landmines and other dangers” as coalition forces attempt to retake the rebel-held areas along the country’s west coast.
Amnesty said the coalition’s offensive has sent Yemenis fleeing to government-held areas including Aden, warning that “the worst could be yet to come”. Citing the United Nations, the report said fighting along Yemen’s west coast has displaced 100,000 people in recent months, mostly from Hodeida province.
The Saudi-led coalition backing an internationally recognised government has been at war with the Iran-allied rebels known as Houthis in Yemen for more than three years.