Saudi war on Yemen, five years

This 9 August 2018 Channel 4 TV video from Britain says about itself:

Yemen: Dozens of children killed in airstrike

The International Red Cross says the airstrike hit a bus full of children, parked in a busy market in Dahyan, in Sa’ada province.

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

Monday, March 25, 2019

Saudi Arabia’s Yemeni war enters its fifth year

Thousands took part in protests outside the UN headquarters in Sanaa demanding an end to Saudi Arabia’s deadly war which has killed at least 56,000 Yemenis, according to the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED).

Save the Children warned at least 2,500 Yemeni children have died since the Saudi bombing campaign began in March 2015 — a rate of over 30 children per month.

Riyadh has been accused of war crimes with its bombing raids targeting Yemeni infrastructure, including roads, schools and hospitals.

International criticism followed an air strike which killed 40 children returning from a school picnic in August 2018.

The Saudi coalition described the coach as “a legitimate target” which was destroyed by a US-supplied bomb made by war profiteers Lockheed Martin.

Speaking at the protest Yemeni rights activist Ahmed al-Eiani said Riyadh had “violated all international laws and conventions with every act that targets civilians and their livelihoods.”

“They have prevented the entry of food, supplies and life-saving medicines”, blasted another protester.

With the country on the brink of the worst global famine in 100 years and a cholera epidemic sweeping the country, more than a quarter of the population rely on humanitarian aid.

Rights group Amnesty International warned the international community that swift action was needed to stop the “bloodshed” in Yemen.

“After four years of bloodshed in the Arab world’s poorest country, Yemenis can no longer bear the catastrophic humanitarian impact of the war”, said Amnesty International spokeswoman Samah Hadid.

She called for an end to Western arms sales to the Saudi regime.

“They must put human rights and the lives of millions of Yemeni civilians and their own legal obligations above lucrative arms sales”, she said.

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