SANAA, March, 23. 9YPA) – Amnesty International announced that it had documented 36 coalition air strikes since 2015 that appeared to have violated international law, adding that some may amount to war crimes. The documented attacks had killed 513 civilians, including at least 157 children, and wounded 379 others, according to Amnesty.
A Saudi Arabia-led military coalition attack with a US-manufactured bomb – which turned a civilian home into rubble and killed or injured six members of the same family – is the latest in a long string of potential war crimes Amnesty International has documented over the past three years of Yemen’s devastating conflict, the organization said today.
Arms sales by the U.S., Britain and other European countries to the Saudi Arabia-led alliance fighting in Yemen have caused “enormous harm” to civilians, Amnesty International said.
“Three years on, Yemen’s conflict shows no real signs of abating, and all sides continue to inflict horrific suffering on the civilian population,” Lynn Maalouf, Director of Research for the Middle East at Amnesty International said.
“Thousands of Yemeni civilians have had their lives cut short and millions more lives hang in the balance amid one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises in decades,” Maalouf added.
The international rights group’s criticism comes days before the third anniversary of the start of the Saudi-led military campaign against Yemen.