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New Evidence That Saudi-led Coalition Is Using Cluster Bombs In Yemen

New evidence published by Human Rights Watch alleges that the Saudi Arabian-led coalition in Yemen has been using internationally-outlawed cluster bombs.  According to the organization innocent civilians have been targeted in the raids.

This is the second time that Human Rights Watch allege that the Saudi-led coalition has used of cluster bombs during the conflict. They also alleges that the US has been supplying the munitions used to bomb Houthi positions in Yemen.

RT reports:

The New York-based organization visited the Saada province in the north of Yemen this month in order to compile its report. Human Rights Watch says it managed to document the use of three types of cluster munitions in the country.

“The Saudi-led coalition and other warring parties in Yemen need to recognize that using banned cluster munitions is very likely to harm civilians,” said HRW’s senior emergencies researcher Ole Solvang.

“These weapons can’t distinguish military targets from civilians, and their unexploded submunitions threaten civilians, especially children, even long after the fighting,” he added.

Human Rights Watch added at least two people injured in one air attack were likely to have been civilians. They have pinned the blame on the Saudi-led coalition because it’s the only party in the conflict using air power.

In a second attack, four civilians were wounded, including a child. Both assaults took place in the northern strongholds, controlled by the Shiite Houthi anti-government forces.

HRW has called on the 10-member coalition not to use cluster bombs in the conflict. It has also urged nations backing the Saudis, such as the US, to denounce the use of the illegal munitions.

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Five ZP-39 submunitions delivered by an unknown type of ground-fired cluster munition photographed in Baqim village in Yemen’s northern Saada governorate, April 29, 2015. (image from www.hrw.org)

Saudi Arabia and the nine other Arab nations, who make up the coalition, have not signed up to the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions, which prohibits their use.

Cluster munitions contain hundreds of smaller explosive submunitions that are spread over a wide area. This type of weapon is dangerous because some submunitions aren’t immediately detonated and can lie dormant for decades before exploding. Civilians and particularly children have traditionally been the primary victims of such lethal traps.

  • Billy Ruddick

    Well it only common scense that the U.S is involved , we made a deal way back with the SAUDI,S to protect them and give them arms ,in return all oil will be priced in u.s dollars.sadly I would not trust one word that’s comes from the mouths of our corrupt greedy government….

  • Billy Ruddick

    time to stay out of others business and take care of the jobless hungry in the.u.s.its quite sick to see the fed printing trillions of useless unbacked pap[r money.when we are 120 trillion in debt ,,when it all catches up to itself. thedollar will fall and the global economy wlll crash and burn…

  • Billy Ruddick

    in 1955 for every dollar spent $2.70 went into the economy,now for every dollar spent we loose .3% its only a matter of time ,we will collape as a country and you can all thank our greedy out of control..gov……………………………….:-(

  • WAK Anamjem

    CLUSTER BOMB… AN INTERNATIONAL BAN BUT TO SALE NO BAN?
    USE FOR OIL RICH OR SUPERPOWERS SO NO BAN BUT BAN ONLY FOR TERRORISTS? BECAUSE THOSE COUNTRIES ARE NOT PRO SUPERPOWERS THEY ARE SIMPLY TERRORISTS? TO MY CONSENT ON WAR THERE IS ONLY ONE LAW THAT IS ” DIE AND DESTRUCT TO WIN OR LOST! “