Civilian deaths in Yemen up by 164 percent: report

 |  Emily Birnbaum 09/26/2018 11:09 AM MDT
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Civilian deaths in Yemen have skyrocketed by 164 percent since June amid Saudi-led efforts to take a major Yemeni city, according to a new report. 

The report, from the oversight group Armed Location and Event Data (ACLED), found that the average number of civilian deaths in Yemen each month has risen to 116 since Saudi and Emeriti coalitions launched an offensive to take Al-Hudaydah city. 

August was Yemen's most violent month in 2018, with nearly 500 people killed over the course of nine days, Frank McManus, the International Rescue Committee's Yemen Country Director,  said in a press release. Many civilian deaths, he said, have been caused by Saudi-led airstrikes.

The U.S. supplies arms and intelligence to Saudi Arabia.

The ACLED's report comes a few weeks after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo certified that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are taking steps to alleviate Yemen’s humanitarian crisis and end the war.