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Amnesty: US bombs used to kill civilians in Yemen

September 22, 2017 at 2:57 pm

Search and rescue team help free those stuck under a collapsed building after a bomb blast took place in Yemen [Facebook]

A US-made bomb was used to strike a residential building in Yemen killing 16 civilians, Amnesty International has revealed today.

Assessments made from the remnants of shrapnel left over after the attack on 25 August revealed the use of US-made bombs by Saudi Arabia. The airstrike was targeted in Faj Attan, in the Yemeni capital Sana’a, destroying the building.

Saudi Arabia confessed to the attack and claimed that it was a “technical error”.

Saudi Arabia alongside a coalition of Arab states intervened in Yemen militarily upon request of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. The coalition seeks to reinstate Hadi’s governance and neutralise threats posed to Yemen’s sovereignty by the Iranian-backed Houthi armed group.

Human rights organisations have called out the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen for war crimes for targeting civilian populated areas.

Read: Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen are war crimes