Some 5,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the Saudi war, with virtually all of the major incidents the result of airstrikes.
He added that 17 people were wounded, but did not say whether they were civilians or Huthi fighters.
A Saudi-led coalition has been carrying out air strikes in Yemen since March to try to push back Houthi rebels. Friday’s ground attack was an attempt to re-enter the city, the officials said. “This is totally false news”, the official, who declined to be identified, told the news agency.
The frequency of the attacks has also raised questions about how securely the Houthis control the capital, six months after a Saudi-led military coalition began an offensive to drive them from Sana and other cities.
The report is a product of one year of hard work by the YCMHR field monitors who worked in a very difficult and challenging environment, sometimes risking their own lives to document gross violations to global human rights law from September 21, 2014 – August 15, 2015.
For his Gulf backers, returning Hadi to Yemen represented a moment of vindication for their campaign, part of a wider struggle by Sunni Gulf states against what they see as meddling by Iran’s Shi’ite theocracy, a charge Tehran denies.
Residents and medics said air strikes by helicopters from a Saudi-led alliance caried out an attack in the village of Bani Zela, in Yemen’s Red Sea border area with Saudi Arabia.
A Saudi brigadier general has died in hospital of wounds incurred on the border with Yemen, the armed forces said.
Ibrahim Omar Ibrahim Hamzi, deputy commander of the 8th brigade in Saudi Arabia’s southern Jizan province, was injured “defending the nation and its citizens”, the statement said, without providing details.
Ban called once again on all parties involved in the Yemeni conflict, from inside and outside the country, to immediately cease all military activities and resolve all differences through peaceful negotiations facilitated by his Special Envoy.