GENEVA, 5th October, 2016 (WAM) — Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said yesterday that the government which the Houthis are discussing the formation of, is not recognised by the UN, which only recognises the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi as the legitimate government of Yemen.

During a press conference in Geneva, the spokesperson directed charges at the popular committees affiliated with Al Houthis and units loyal to former president Saleh for killing at least 10 civilians, including six children, and injuring 17 others, including six more children and three women, after an artillery shell struck a busy street next to a market in Bir Basha, in the Al Mudhaffar district.

Mr. Colville said the shell appeared to have been fired from an area where artillery under the control of popular committees affiliated with Al Houthis and Salehs are positioned. He added that witnesses who spoke to UN staff in Yemen said the street where the market was located, “was crowded with people at the time of the attack, and there had not been any armed confrontations between warring parties in the Bir Basha area prior to this terrible incident.”

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