Yemen: Demand of international accountability for war crimes committed by the Saudi-UAE coalition against civilians


Geneva – The Geneva Council for Rights and Liberties reiterates its call for international accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed against civilians in Yemen, particularly by the Saudi-UAE coalition, pursuant to international and UN resolutions related to the protection of civilians in conflict zones.
The Geneva Council said the coalition committed a massacre 3 days ago killing 13 civilians and wounded about 100 others, mostly girls, in raids near a primary school in the Yemeni capital Sanaa.
The Geneva Council stated that it had received reports on attacks by the Coalition against the military police camp in the neighborhood of Saawan, which was turned by Ansarullah movement into a training camp and a weapons depot. The attacks resulted in the mentioned number of casualties and injuries.
The human rights organization pointed out that the Saudi-UAE coalition was involved in targeting civilians in Yemen, especially children, as in the Saada massacre, which took place on last August 9, when coalition planes launched an air strike on a bus carrying children in Saada governorate in northern Yemen, killing 51 people, including 40 children.
The Council considers the comments of the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, Lise Grande, following the recent incident, that “the protection of populations and civilian infrastructure is a fundamental principle of international humanitarian law” insufficient to protect civilians and must be accompanied by firm international action on the ground.
The Geneva Council for Rights and Liberties underscores the international community responsibility to conduct a comprehensive and independent inquiry into the violations committed against civilians by all parties to the conflict in Yemen, especially the Saudi-UAE coalitions, besides its responsibility to put in immediate end to the ravages of the war that has been going on for more than four years in the country.

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