Middle East

In pictures: Yemen air strikes take high civilian toll

Three months of air strikes in Yemen by a Saudi-led coalition and fighting on the ground have failed to dislodge Houthi rebels who forced the president to flee abroad, but have had a devastating impact on civilians. BBC Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen met some of the injured and displaced in Sanaa.

WARNING: Some readers might find some of the pictures disturbing.

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Image caption A badly-burnt man lies on a bed at Jumhuriya hospital in Yemen's capital. Sixty percent of Yemenis have no access to medical care
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Image caption This baby was given a watch by his mother to distract him from his burns
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Image caption Two-year-old Montaser Mansour with his mother, Zahour. She blames the Saudis for the attack that also destroyed their home. Montaser's bad burns are healing but he is in agony, writhing and scratching at his wounds. The hospital does not have all the drugs it needs to treat the wounded
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Image caption Ahmad Karar Ahmad, an Ethiopian migrant, winces during treatment for burns from an air strike. His lungs are damaged too. He was heading for Saudi Arabia to look for work when he was hit
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Image caption Mahmoud Khaled al-Haddah, his wife Wardah, and their one-year-old daughter, Imam. Twenty-four of their neighbours were killed in a raid that made them flee to Sanaa. Khaled said the Saudi-led coalition had destroyed all they had worked for during their lives
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Image caption This woman fled to Sanaa because of the war. Like many others she is being sheltered at a school building. Younger women did not want to be photographed but she radiated defiance
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Image caption Children playing next to stacks of desks at the school, where about 40 families are sheltering. The girl, about six years old, was wearing a headscarf. Probably copying her mother, she covered her face when she saw the camera
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Image caption Part of Sanaa's Old City, a Unesco World Heritage site, has been destroyed. The Saudi-led coalition denied the damage was caused by an air strike. Sanaa has been inhabited for 2,500 years. Unesco says it includes more than 6,000 houses built before the 11th Century
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Image caption Wreckage of a Yemeni Air Force Ilyushin transport plane at Sanaa airport. It was destroyed on the ground in a coalition strike. The aluminium in the wings and body melted in the fire

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