Saudi-led raid on Yemen plant appears unlawful

A Houthi militant walks in front of a government compound, destroyed by recent Saudi-led air strikes, in Yemen's northwestern city of Amran July 27, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

SANA’A, Jul 28: A Saudi-led coalition carrying out air strikes in Yemen may have committed a war crime when it bombed two residential compounds, killing 65 people including 10 children, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday.
Last Friday’s attack on two compounds at the Mokha steam power plant in western Yemen was one of several air strikes in Yemen’s war that appear to have been unlawful but have not been investigated by anyone, the group said in a statement.
“Again and again, we see coalition airstrikes killing large numbers of civilians, but no signs of any investigation into possible violations,” HRW’s senior emergencies researcher, Ole Solvang, said. “If coalition members won’t investigate, the United Nations should.”
There was no immediate response from the Saudi-led Arab coalition to requests for comment.
The coalition has been bombing the Houthi militia and army forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh since March 26, aiming to push them back from southern and central areas and restore the country’s exiled government.
In a statement in March about Yemen’s war, the International Committee of the Red Cross said that under international humanitarian law, all countries and parties involved in conflict must distinguish between military and civilian objects, and uphold the principles of proportionality and precaution.


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