Monday 14 October 2019

US and British bombs 'killed 200 in Yemen'

American and British-made bombs may have killed or injured nearly 1,000 civilians, including women and children, in Yemen's four-year conflict, according to a report by human rights groups (stock photo)
American and British-made bombs may have killed or injured nearly 1,000 civilians, including women and children, in Yemen's four-year conflict, according to a report by human rights groups (stock photo)

Sudarsan Raghavan

American and British-made bombs may have killed or injured nearly 1,000 civilians, including women and children, in Yemen's four-year conflict, according to a report by human rights groups.

The airstrikes killed 203 people and injured at least 749, the report found. At least 122 children and 56 women were among the dead and wounded.

US and British lawmakers have mounted efforts to stop arms sales and end their countries' involvement in Yemen's civil war, which has created what the UN describes as the world's most severe humanitarian crisis.

The US has sold billions of dollars in weaponry to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, its key allies in the Middle East. Both nations lead a coalition that seeks to oust Houthi northern rebels and restore Yemen's internationally recognised government.

In their 128-page report, the US-based University Network for Human Rights and Yemeni rights group Mwatana probed 27 coalition airstrikes between April 2015 and April 2018 - all against civilian targets.

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