At least 22 civilians were said to be among the dead in the Nihm district of Sana’a governorate, which houses the country’s capital.
Yemeni security officials announced the deaths on Saturday, saying burned bodies were left strewn through the area.
The country is in the grip of a year-long civil war between forces loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and the rebel Supreme Revolutionary Committee, which controls large swathes of the country, including Sana’a.
Saudi Arabia is leading a military coalition in support of the Hadi government, waging a campaign of air strikes against Iran-backed Houthi rebels. But it has been accused of killing thousands of civilians while bombing hospitals, schools, mosques, and weddings.
The worsening humanitarian crisis has driven criticism of arms sales to Saudi Arabia by Britain, the US, France, Germany and other nations who sold drones, missiles and bombs worth $25 billion (£18 billion) to the Saudis in last year.
The European Parliament voted in favour of an EU-wide embargo on selling arms to Saudi Arabia on Thursday.
A resolution calling for a ban on all weapons sales to the country was passed by 359 votes to 212, with 31 MEPs abstaining.
While international observers have recognised abuses on all sides, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Raad al-Hussein, said that a “disproportionate” number of attacks of civilians in Yemen had come from the Saudi-led invasion force.
Earlier this month, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: “Yemen is in flames. Coalition air strikes in particular continue to strike hospitals, schools, mosques and civilian infrastructures.”
10 examples of Saudi Arabia's human rights abuses
10 examples of Saudi Arabia's human rights abuses
In October 2014, three lawyers, Dr Abdulrahman al-Subaihi, Bander al-Nogaithan and Abdulrahman al-Rumaih , were sentenced to up to eight years in prison for using Twitter to criticize the Ministry of Justice.
In March 2015, Yemen’s Sunni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi was forced into exile after a Shia-led insurgency. A Saudi Arabia-led coalition has responded with air strikes in order to reinstate Mr Hadi. It has since been accused of committing war crimes in the country.
Women who supported the Women2Drive campaign, launched in 2011 to challenge the ban on women driving vehicles, faced harassment and intimidation by the authorities. The government warned that women drivers would face arrest.
Members of the Kingdom’s Shia minority, most of whom live in the oil-rich Eastern Province, continue to face discrimination that limits their access to government services and employment. Activists have received death sentences or long prison terms for their alleged participation in protests in 2011 and 2012.
All public gatherings are prohibited under an order issued by the Interior Ministry in 2011. Those defy the ban face arrest, prosecution and imprisonment on charges such as “inciting people against the authorities”.
In March 2014, the Interior Ministry stated that authorities had deported over 370,000 foreign migrants and that 18,000 others were in detention. Thousands of workers were returned to Somalia and other states where they were at risk of human rights abuses, with large numbers also returned to Yemen, in order to open more jobs to Saudi Arabians. Many migrants reported that prior to their deportation they had been packed into overcrowded makeshift detention facilities where they received little food and water and were abused by guards.
The Saudi Arabian authorities continue to deny access to independent human rights organisations like Amnesty International, and they have been known to take punitive action, including through the courts, against activists and family members of victims who contact Amnesty.
Raif Badawi was sentenced to 1000 lashes and 10 years in prison for using his liberal blog to criticise Saudi Arabia’s clerics. He has already received 50 lashes, which have reportedly left him in poor health.
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Dawood al-Marhoon was arrested aged 17 for participating in an anti-government protest. After refusing to spy on his fellow protestors, he was tortured and forced to sign a blank document that would later contain his ‘confession’. At Dawood’s trial, the prosecution requested death by crucifixion while refusing him a lawyer.
Ali Mohammed al-Nimr was arrested in 2012 aged either 16 or 17 for participating in protests during the Arab spring. His sentence includes beheading and crucifixion. The international community has spoken out against the punishment and has called on Saudi Arabia to stop. He is the nephew of a prominent government dissident.
Signatories of the Arms Trade Treaty, which has the aim of “reducing the human suffering” by imposing restrictions on countries that violate international law, will meet in Geneva on Monday.
Amnesty International is among the groups calling on nations to “set their hypocrisy aside” and stop sales to Saudi Arabia.
“These countries are arming and aiding a campaign that’s bombing, killing and starving civilians,“ said the group’s Yemeni researcher Nawal al-Maghafi.
“I have witnessed the reality Yemenis are having to endure - watching bodies pulled from underneath the rubble in Sana'a or seeing body parts strewn across the site of a water-plant hit by an airstrike in Hajjah or attending a wedding party only to see it turn into a funeral.”
The Yemen conflict has killed more than 6,000 people since March 2015 and wounded over 35,000 more, according to the latest UN figures.
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