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U.A.E., Saudis may have committed war crimes in Yemen

U.A.E., Saudis may have committed war crimes in Yemen U.A.E., Saudis may have committed war crimes in Yemen
Bennie Garza | 29 August, 2018, 13:20

The report says they "have reasonable grounds to believe that individuals in the government of Yemen and the coalition may have conducted attacks in violation of the principles of distinction, proportionality and precaution that may amount to war crimes".

The 41-page report also detailed other violations by all parties, including blocking access to humanitarian aid, recruitment of child soldiers, sexual violence, arbitrary detentions and disappearances.

The report points to indiscriminate bombing that has killed an estimated 6,660 civilians and wounded more than 10,000 others since March 2015.

The report said that air attacks by the Saudi Arabia and UAE-led military coalition had caused the most direct civilian casualties in the war, and a blockade of Yemeni ports and airspace may have violated worldwide humanitarian law.

In its first report to the UN Human Rights Council on the war in Yemen, the UN experts pointed to the killing of civilians, especially in coalition air strikes, as possible war crimes.

Mattis said the United States is working with Saudi Arabia to probe reports of civilian casualties after an August 9 Pentagon-supported bombing attack on a school bus killed 40 children.

The allegations include claims of rape, torture, disappearances and "deprivation of the right to life" during the three-and-a-half years of fighting against rebels known as Houthis, the experts said.

United Nations human rights experts have raised the alarm at the high rate of civilian casualties in aerial assaults by Saudi Arabia and its allies on Yemen, saying the strikes "may amount to war crimes". "In the past three years, such air strikes have hit residential areas, markets, funerals, weddings, detention facilities, civilian boats and even medical facilities", the panel said.

The UN report accused the "de facto authorities" - an allusion to rebels that control some of the country's most populated western and northern areas - of crimes, including arbitrary detention, torture and child recruitment.

An unprecedented cholera epidemic broke out a year ago, affecting more than a million people, according to World Health Organization estimates.

The experts also said almost a dozen deadly airstrikes they investigated over the previous year "raise serious questions about the targeting process applied by the coalition".

The battle lines near the port remain frozen as UN Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths hopes to get the Saudi-led coalition and Houthi rebels to the table for a September meeting in Geneva.

"The coalition is surprised by the. biased positions of some reports", said coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki, adding that the information was "prejudiced" and based on "rebel stories".

Fighters of the Houthi movement have fired missiles into Saudi Arabia, blocked delivery of supplies to Taiz and shelled the strategic city from the highlands, the panel said. It covers the period from September 2014 to June 2018 and analyzes abuses of global human rights and worldwide criminal law committed by parties to the conflict.

Spindler said the offensive has resulted in the displacement of over 50,800 families, citing the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

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