Saudi royal air force bombs hospital, again


This video says about itself:

YEMEN | Saudi-Led Air Strike Destroys Another MSF Hospital

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF)

3 November 2015

Dr. Natalie Roberts, who works in Yemen for MSF, speaks with CNN’s Amanpour after air strikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in northern Yemen destroyed a hospital on 26th October 2015.

The British Royal Air Force now bombing Syria are not the only royal air force bombing in the Middle East now.

Look, eg, at the Saudi royal air force.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Airstrike hits MSF clinic in Yemen

Today, 16:41

A clinic of MSF in Yemen has been hit in an air strike by the coalition led by Saudi Arabia. According to the charity nine people were injured, including two employees of MSF.

Yesterday, jets attacked a park near the clinic’s tent in the southern city of Taiz three times, says MSF. Employees of the NGO organisation signaled that there was in a clinic in the area and cleared the tent as a precaution.

Despite this, not much later, the clinic itself was bombed, says MSF. The nine victims were injured by shrapnel. Two of them, seriously wounded, had to go to other hospitals.

GPS

MSF says that it is impossible that the coalition was not previously aware of the location of the hospital. “The GPS coordinates of the medical facilities are regularly provided to the coalition,” said a spokesman. “For the last time, on November 29th.”

For months an alliance of Arab countries have been striking targets of Houthi rebels in Yemen. MSF has been active in different parts of the country and claims to have treated more than 16,000 war wounded.

Kunduz

Also in the Afghan city of Kunduz a clinic of MSF was recently hit by an airstrike. The bombardment by the US air force killed an estimated thirty people. The Pentagon admitted afterwards that it was a mistake.

Mistake? Looks more like a war crime, Doctors Without Borders says.

And let us not forget the earlier attack by the Saudi royal air force on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Yemen; in Saada city; the air strike mentioned in the video.

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  1. Thursday 3rd December 2015

    posted by Morning Star in World

    SAUDI ARABIA is planning a mass execution of 52 prisoners in one day, human rights group Reprieve revealed yesterday.

    The legal action charity cited several Saudi media reports this week saying that the 52 prisoners will be beheaded in nine of the kingdom’s cities in a single day.

    The reports suggested that preparations will be made in the next two weeks, and that six youths would be among those executed.

    They include three juveniles — Ali al-Nimr, Dawoud al-Marhoon and Abdullah al-Zaher. Reprieve alleges that they were all convicted on the basis of bogus confessions obtained under torture.

    The charity added that Sheikh Nimr, Ali’s uncle and a critic of the Saudi government, was also set to be executed.

    Sheikh Nimr and the three juveniles are said to be in solitary confinement and have undergone unexplained medical treatment, which are signs of their impending execution, according to Reprieve.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-359e-Saudi-Arabia-52-inmates-face-death-penalty-in-one-day#.VmDPFL_iMdU

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  2. Thursday 3rd November 2015

    posted by Morning Star in Features

    FELICITY ARBUTHNOT examines the Saudi-sponsored trail of destruction which leads all the way back to Britain’s arms manufacturers

    PRIME Minister David Cameron was trying to persuade Parliament to back another illegal assault on a country posing no threat to Britain — Syria. It also transpires that Britain may face war crimes charges for arms sales to Saudi Arabia: arms being used to decimate civilians and civilian infrastructure in Yemen.

    A Saudi-led coalition of Sunni Gulf states has staged bombing raids and blockaded ports, which has devastated much of the country. Food and fuel are scarce and famine is a possibility.

    According to UN estimates, 21 million people now lack basic life-sustaining services and over 1.5 million are displaced. Up to 10 children a day are being killed, according to Unicef.

    Given that the population of Yemen is just over 24 million, the figures demonstrate that almost the entire population is experiencing unimaginable devastation in an onslaught on which the “international community” has simply turned its back — except those governments bombing with US and British-supplied missiles.

    A report in the Independant also stated that “there is concern within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office that the Saudi military’s attitude to humanitarian law is careless.”

    Yet the Foreign Office and British government’s attitude to humanitarian law has been arguably been beyond criminally “careless” in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya and they now aim to attack Syria in retaliation for an action in France committed by French and Belgian-born terrorists of North African descent, some of whom had equally terrorised Syria before being allowed to return home, seemingly untroubled by law enforcement agencies.

    Last July a transfer of Paveway IV missiles was authorised from the RAF to Saudi Arabia, boosting the order book of arms manufacturer Raytheon UK.

    The Raytheon bombs will be dropped on Yemen by Typhoon and Tornado fighter jets, supplied by Britain’s BAE Systems.

    Away from Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond it seems there are deep concerns in parts of the Foreign Office, which are being compared to the crisis over legality before the invasion of Iraq which led to the principled resignation of senior legal adviser Elizabeth Wilmshurst.

    The Independent asked the civil servants “whether the UK government regarded relations with the Saudis as too important to risk by asking awkward questions about the bombing of Yemeni civilian targets?” An adviser responded: “There are many Elizabeth Wilmshursts around here at the moment. Not all are being listened to.”

    A government spokeswoman responded that it “takes its arms export responsibilities very seriously and operates one of the most robust arms export control regimes in the world.” That defies belief.

    This latest issue of legal embarrassment for Cameron’s government relates to a report by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch issued on November 25 alleging that: “The Saudi Arabia-led coalition used a British-made missile to destroy” Yemen’s Radfan Ceramics factory, “a civilian object,” on September 23.

    The findings were based “on field research and interviews with eyewitnesses at the scene.”

    The report added that the strike, using a British missile, “undermines the claim of ministers that the Saudi Arabia-led coalition’s use of UK military equipment is consistent with (international humanitarian law) and that the UK monitors such compliance ‘very carefully’.”

    “The latest revelations show UK policy to be both misleading and seriously ineffective,” said David Mepham, British director at Human Rights Watch.

    “Despite multiple, well-documented cases of violations of the laws of war by the Gulf coalition in Yemen, UK ministers have consistently refused to acknowledge this. The UK should suspend further sales of aerial munitions to coalition members pending a thorough investigation into this case, and other apparently unlawful air strikes.”

    Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch examined the weapon used in the ceramics factory bombing “and identified the munition used as a PGM-500 ‘Hakim’ air-launched missile … manufactured by the UK firm Marconi Dynamics.

    “Marconi markings are clearly visible on a component part recovered from the Sanaa strike site. Stocks of this missile are in service with the United Arab Emirates Air Force.”

    Ibrahim Ghaleb Mohammad al-Sawary, the son of one of the factory directors, was in the vicinity during the attack. He told Human Rights Watch: “Suddenly I heard whizzing followed by a very loud explosion. I started running away but less than two minutes later we heard the second explosion. I saw people running away from their homes — kids, older people and young people — all of them scared like us and running away without knowing where.”

    Ali Ahmad al-Faqih, 55, who was injured in the attack, said that he had been on a motorbike trying to check on his family who live next to the factory during a brief lull between air strikes, not realizing the attack had not finished: “I heard a whizz and knew it was a rocket coming,” he said. “I lay down and prayed out loud. I saw all my body covered in blood.” He underwent surgery to remove shrapnel from his chest.

    A 14-year-old girl, Elham Hussein Hussein Taher, was also injured in the attack, according to locals.

    No evidence of any military usage of the factory was evident or found. The factory, opened in 1994, was the only one of its kind in the country, employing around 330 people. It had already suffered one tragedy, having had to suspend operations in April due to security fears from bombing and difficulty in obtaining fuel for the machines.

    Now it lies mostly in ruins.

    “Such attacks are serious violations of international humanitarian law,” states the Amnesty report.

    “All countries have legal responsibilities under international law to control the transfer of weapons and to restrict or prohibit their transfer in certain circumstances. The UK is a party to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) which came into force in late 2014 … Article 7 of the ATT requires that states assess the potential that the arms being exported could be used to commit a serious violation of international human rights or humanitarian law; if there is an overriding risk of this, their export shall not be authorised.”

    The report concludes that an independent international inquiry should be held to hold those responsible for violations in Yemen to account.

    As Cameron contemplates committing more war crimes in Syria, he might perhaps ponder those he may already have on his plate and reconsider.

    He may already be set to follow his admired “mentor” Tony Blair in having to consult a lawyer before he boards a flight, lest he be arrested. And as someone remarked over another atrocity in another land, the Yemen bomb seemingly “has a British accent.”

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-58aa-Yemen-horror-fuelled-by-British-bombs#.VmDRUr_iMdU

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