Yemen: Unlawful Airstrikes Kill Dozens of Civilians
Coalition Forces Bomb Houses, Markets in Saada City
(New York) – Saudi Arabia-led coalition forces have carried out airstrikes killing dozens of civilians in Saada City, in northern Yemen, since April 2015 in apparent violation of the laws of war, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The coalition should investigate all alleged laws-of-war violations and provide compensation and other redress to civilian victims as appropriate.
The 47-page report, “Targeting Saada: Unlawful Coalition Airstrikes on Saada in Yemen,” documents a dozen airstrikes on the Houthi stronghold that destroyed or damaged civilian homes, five markets, a school, and a petrol station, though there was no evidence these sites were being used for military purposes. These strikes killed 59 people, reported to have been civilians between April 6 and May 11. At least 35 children were among those killed.
The coalition’s aerial bombing of Saada killed dozens of civilians, devastating entire families. These attacks appear to be serious laws-of-war violations that need to be properly investigated.
Sarah Leah Whitson
Middle East and North Africa director