Coalition Forces in Yemen Accused of War Crimes
The United Nations is on a roll this week, accusing Myanmar’s leaders of genocide and the U.S.-backed Saudi Coalition of war crimes in Yemen.
On Tuesday, the U.N. called for investigations into Myanmar’s civil and military leadership on charges of genocide following the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya minority.
Today, the U.N. has accused the U.S.-backed Saudi and United Arab Emirate coalition in Yemen of possible war crimes.
“Individuals in the government of Yemen and the coalition, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, may have conducted attacks in violation of the principles of distinction, proportionality and/or precautions, which may amount to war crimes, and also acts that may amount to war crimes including cruel treatment and torture, outrages upon personal dignity, rape and conscripting or enlisting children under the age of 15.” — Charles Garraway, co-author of the U.N. report
The coalition is under particular scrutiny for its repeated bombing of hospitals, markets, and schools.
Only days ago, the coalition bombed a civilian camp for those displaced by the war and killed 31 people, 22 of whom were children.
On August 9, a coalition bomb supplied by the United States was dropped on a civilian school bus killing 40 schoolboys.
The Pentagon is reportedly reconsidering its military and intelligence support to Saudi Arabia in light of the airstrike on the school bus.
Other allegations include sexual violence and the recruitment of child soldiers as young as 8 years of age.
The report also says that the bombing and airstrikes against the port city of Hodeidah, which crippled the ability of humanitarian groups to deliver aid, may have likely violated international humanitarian law.
According to data collected by Al Jazeera and the Yemen Data Project, nearly one-third of the 16,000 airstrikes carried out by the coalition have hit non-military locations and at least 10,000 people have been killed over the course of the conflict.
Save the Children reports that an average of 130 children die of extreme hunger or disease every day.
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