Identifying the military attacks on Yemen by American-supported Arab nations as war crimes was long overdue.
The bombings of the Arab coalition, led by Saudi Arabia, which killed at least 65 civilians four days ago in the Yemeni city of Moja could constitute a war crime, Human Rights Watch reported today.
In a statement, HRW said that the failure of Saudi Arabia and other members of the alliance to investigate possible illegal bombings in Yemen demonstrate the need for the UN to create a commission to investigate what happened.
The air strike targeted a residential complex near the Moja power plant, located on the Red Sea coast in Taiz province.
The report by HRW expert, Ole Solvang, said that this bombing “had no apparent military target and appears to be a war crime.”
Workers and residents said there was no presence of Houthi rebels or allied military forces on the ground.
The housing complex, which served as home to about 200 families, was seriously damaged and its roof collapsed after the walls of two of the buildings caved in due to the bombings.
A total of nine attacks were recorded in just a few minutes leaving several craters on the ground.
One witness, Ahmed Wayida Nayid, 37, detailed in the HRW report that on the third bombing the whole building began to collapse and people were obligated to flee to the beach.
HRW stressed that the governments involved in the conflict must investigate war crimes committed by their soldiers and bring them to justice.
Besides the Arab coalition, the international organization also accused the Houthi rebels of war crimes for attacking civilians in these four months of conflict.
The Riad-led alliance began bombing the positions of the Houthi in late March, with the aim of stopping the advance of the insurgents to the south, but in doing so, the air attacks have bombed multiple civilian centers without any regard for human life.
Unprecedented Human Suffering
As we have been reporting here at The Real Agenda News, the worst part of the Yemen conflict is the great suffering imposed on civilians.
“The suffering of the civilian population has reached unprecedented levels. More than 100 days into the crisis, severe shortages of water, food and fuel continue across the country, together with airstrikes and fighting on the ground,” reported the head of the ICRC Yemen delegation, Antoine Grand.
According to Steven Lendman’s reporting, the ICRC has 262 personnel in Yemen – 144 in Sanaa, 70 in the southern port city Aden, 36 in Saada governorate and 12 in Taiz. But those people can’t effectively deal with the type of emergency that is taking place in Yemen. The burden is too great for a couple of hundred people to deal with.
“The last two weeks have seen an intensification of fighting in the southern governorates of Aden and Taiz where it is becoming increasingly difficult for us to reach affected areas, to evacuate the dead and the wounded and to provide life-saving assistance,” reports ICRC.
“We remain ready to facilitate the evacuation of the dead and wounded – as we are currently doing in both Aden and Taiz – and to visit detainees on both sides, but all parties must facilitate our access and respect our mandate.”
As Mr, Lendman reports on his blog, “over half of Yemen’s 24 million people live on less than $2 a day with no access to clean water. Pre-conflict child malnutrition was severe – much worse as war rages. Most Yemenis today are food insecure. They don’t get enough to eat. Around of 90% of food needed is imported – greatly impeded by Riyadh’s blockade.”
Genocidal aggression against 26 million Yemenis
Modern carnage is happening right before our own eyes. The Saudi coalition air strikes shed bombs that weigh nearly a ton over urban areas in Yemen where families suffer the bombing of their homes.
If you have never witnessed ethnic cleansing, Yemen presents a good opportunity to learn what war is all about. The war in Yemen is not only about the bombs that are falling on a daily basis over innocent civilians, it is also about starvation, lack of clean war, mass migration, and environmental destruction.
Yemenis are now being exterminated by a western backed forced that justifies their holocaust with the old strategy of “humanitarian war”, the one that according to América is necessary before establishing western-style democracy.
Almost two thirds of the Yemeni population, a total of 16 million people, have no access to drinking water due to aerial bombing, fighting and lack of fuel in the country, Oxfam warned today.
Oxfam said in a statement that the population is being forced to drink unsafe water due to the destruction of public infrastructure, which increases the risk of life-threatening diseases like malaria, cholera and diarrhea.
Millions of people are digging wells for water, which is then taken away by truck and whose price has tripled in recent weeks.
Before the start of the current conflict, 13 million people or about half the population had no access to potable water, but the violence has raised that figure to three million more.
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