Yemen Conflict Increasingly Targeting Civilians

Yemen Conflict Increasingly Targeting Civilians

Paris – “The last four years Yemen has seen bloody and horrific massacres in a deadly conflict that has cost the lives of thousands of civilians” said the Francophone Association for Human Rights.

On Tuesday 24 Sep, Sixteen people, including seven children, were killed as a result of two airstrikes attributed to the Saudi-led coalition in southern Yemen, the deadly strikes came a day after coalition forces targeted a mosque in Amran province killing seven civilians including children.

Tuesday’s attack targeting a building in Houthi-controlled Qataba town in Dhale governorate resulted in the deaths of 16 civilians including seven children; according to witnesses on the ground an entire family was killed and bystanders died as they tried to rescue the victims in a second strike this latest military action came ten days after a purported Houthi drone attack on two Saudi oil pumping stations for the East-West pipeline belonging to ARAMCO.

AFDH stated that the continued military attacks on houses and civilian facilities in Yemen constitutes a grave violation of international laws and conventions governing the conduct of war, which explicitly forbid the targeting of civilians and their property during conflict. These indiscriminate military actions against a civilian population require a strong reaction from the international community towards the conflicting parties which have so far acted with impunity.

“The warring parties in Yemen are exploiting and targeting in the conduct of the war amid the absence of vigorous international reactions and measures to address the issue of impunity and accountability for war crimes” said AFDH.

Since 2014, Yemen has been torn apart in a civil war between Houthi rebels and forces loyal to the government of President AbdRabbu Mansour Hadi; the conflict further escalated when the Saudi-led multinational coalition intervened on behalf of government forces in March 2015.

According to the World Health Organization, the war has killed nearly 10,000 people so far and wounded more than 56,000 since 2015, but the actual toll is much higher as some humanitarian officials believe.

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