British cluster bombs killing Yemeni children?


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Yemen: Cluster Munitions Kill and Wound Civilians

(Beirut, August 27, 2015) – Saudi Arabia-led coalition forces appear to have used cluster munition rockets in at least seven attacks in Yemen’s northwestern Hajja governorate, killing and wounding dozens of civilians, Human Rights Watch said today. The attacks were carried out between late April and mid-July 2015.

By Joana Ramiro in Britain:

Are British-made cluster bombs killing kids?

Monday 23rd May 2016

Amnesty demands full probe after bombs found in Yemen

HUMAN rights campaigners are demanding an urgent investigation into evidence that banned British-made cluster bombs may have been used to slaughter children in Yemen.

Amnesty International demanded “full government disclosure” over whether any British personnel were involved in dropping the BL-755 bombs from British-supplied Tornado jets.

The campaign called on Prime Minister David Cameron to review Britain’s alliance with Saudi Arabia, which is leading attacks on Yemen and still receives British arms licences despite an EU embargo.

Amnesty UK arms control director Oliver Sprague said: “Cluster bombs are one of the nastiest weapons in the history of warfare, rightly banned by more than 100 countries, so it’s truly shocking that British cluster munition has been dropped on a civilian area in Yemen.

“Given that this type of cluster bomb is very likely to have been used in combination with Tornado war planes which the UK has also sold to Saudi Arabia, there’s even a possibility that British support personnel might have been involved in the cluster bombing of Yemen.”

Amnesty inspectors found a partially exploded BL-755 near a farm in the Hajjah governorate. The bomb was originally manufactured in the 1970s by Bedfordshire’s Hunting Engineering Ltd.

BL-755s are banned under international law and can contain up to 147 bomblets designed to burn through tank armour, which scatter on impact but often don’t detonate until picked up.

Cluster bombs and their bomblets often take the lives of civilians unaware of their dangerous nature.

In one recent incident on March 1, an eight-year-old was killed after unwittingly playing with some discarded bomblets while herding goats with his older brother.

In the explosion, the 11-year-old brother lost three fingers and suffered severe shrapnel injuries.

He said: “We go down every day to the valley to herd goats, where there are many small bombs.

“We found four of them in the morning, they were cylindrical with a red ribbon.

“We carried them with us while herding. At around 1pm, I started to take the red string with my right hand and pull and [my brother] pulled on the other end of it and then it went off and I fell back.

“[My brother] was hurt in his stomach and he had fallen down too. We didn’t know it would hurt us.”

According to Campaign Against Arms Trade, the British government has made £2.8 billion in arms sales to the Saudi monarchy since March 2015 — when its attacks on Yemen began.

Stop the War’s Lindsey German said: “This is the latest example of Saudi Arabia’s dirty British-backed war in Yemen.

“British military advisers, British planes and British bombs are killing civilians including children there.

“We should break all links with Saudi now and stop supporting this ultra-reactionary regime.”

British goverment helps Saudis kill Yemeni civilians


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Airstrike Hits Refugee Camp in Yemen, Killing 21: Report

30 March 2015

Humanitarian workers told Reuters that an airstrike hit the area of the Mazraq refugee camp in northern Yemen Monday, killing 21 people.

By Paddy McGuffin in Britain:

Saudis got 400-hour bomb lesson from British experts

Saturday 16th April 2016

BRITISH military personnel have provided nearly 400 hours of targeting training to Saudi Arabian forces since the start of the bombing campaign they lead in Yemen.

Human rights organisation Reprieve released the information yesterday after it made a freedom of information request of the government.

The official response details a variety of training courses given by British personnel to Saudi air and land forces since the bombardment commenced in March 2015.

In July 2015, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon told Parliament that Britain provided “no aircraft or training in direct support of Saudi operations.”

But it emerged in January that British advisers were present in Saudi military control rooms.

“Claims by ministers that Britain is helping the Saudi government abide by the law are disingenuous,” said Reprieve caseworker Omran Belhadi.

“Extensive British ‘targeting training’ has done nothing to prevent the bombing of schools, hospitals and weddings and the deaths of thousands of Yemeni civilians.”

Human rights groups have expressed grave concern over Britain’s involvement in a campaign which has been strongly criticised for the number of civilian deaths caused by the aerial assaults.

In fact, the UN has accused Saudi Arabia of “widespread and systematic” attacks on civilians in Yemen.

“The UK claims its support to the Saudi-led campaign is necessary to combat terrorism — but killing innocents doesn’t make us safer,” said Mr Belhadi.

“Ministers must urgently reconsider the UK’s support for these abuses.”

That support has included “targeting courses” for the Saudi Air Force by RAF specialists in artillery, targeting and “weaponeering” — designing attacks around weaponry — as well as training in the “better employment” of the British-supplied Storm Shadow cruise missile.

Saudi Arabia has paid for nearly a dozen Tory MPs to fly out and visit on ‘fact-finding missions’ this year. The MPs’ visits marks the intensification of lobbying by the petro-state: here.

Barack Obama urged to rule out trading US cluster bombs for Saudi favour. Exclusive: Rights groups call on president to act on use of controversial munitions during visit to kingdom: here.

The US military announced Friday that dozens American “advisers” have been deployed to Yemen over the past two weeks. They are working with Saudi and Arab coalition troops seeking to assert control over southern portions of the country: here.

This week’s admission by the Pentagon that dozens of American troops are now on the ground in Yemen, ostensibly to assist troops of the United Arab Emirates in combating Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), has laid bare the escalating eruption of US imperialist violence across the greater Middle East: here.

Saudi bombing of Yemen continues


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Yemen’s doctors, nurses protest Saudi-led air strikes

7 May 2015

Some 200 healthcare providers in the Yemeni capital demand an end to Saudi-led airstrikes, as hospitals and patients suffer from a lack of fuel and medical supplies. Mana Rabiee reports.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Saudi Arabia accused of violating truce in Yemen

Tuesday 12th April 2016

Capital bombed just hours after truce took effect, says de facto government

YEMEN’S de facto government accused Saudi Arabia of violating a United Nations-brokered ceasefire just hours after it came into force yesterday.

A Yemeni army spokesman said warplanes from the invading Saudi-led coalition bombed the capital Sanaa and the central province of Taiz yesterday morning, violating the truce. …

UN special envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed urged all parties to work to ensure that the cessation of hostilities is “fully respected.”

“This is critical, urgent and much-needed. Yemen cannot afford the loss of more lives,” he said. …

More than a year of bombing, escalating to a ground invasion, by the coalition has failed to restore Mr Hadi to power.

But it has killed more than 9,000 people — including more than 3,000 civilians, 900 children among them — and displaced some 2.4 million refugees, according to the UN.

Yemen, which imports 90 per cent of its food, has been brought to the brink of famine by a Saudi embargo, with seven million people now classed as “severely food insecure” by the World Food Programme.

Yemenis’ mass demonstration against lethal Saudi bombs


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Yemen: Thousands march in Sanaa against Saudi-led military intervention

26 March 2016

Crowds of people gathered in the centre of Yemen’s capital Sanaa, on Saturday, to protest against the Saudi Arabia-led bombing campaign in Yemen. The march marks the one-year anniversary of the start of the Saudi-led coalition’s military operation in the country.

Naif al Qaanis, vice president of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee (Arabic): “The Yemeni people coming out in these crowds, in this unified heart, in the morning on Seventy Square, this great square, say to the entire world that we are prepared for resistance, we are prepared for confrontation, whatever they do all of their aggression is beneath the feet of the Yemeni people and all these mercenaries have no place among the people of Yemen.”

‘Maybe Saudi war crimes in Yemen’, Jordanian prince says


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UN condemns Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen

18 March 2016

The United Nations says air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition are causing “carnage” in Yemen. The UN human rights chief has said the Saudi-led alliance is responsible for the vast majority of civilian deaths in the conflict. He also expressed outrage at one of the deadliest air strikes so far, which took place on a market this week.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Saudi coalition kills most civilians in Yemen

Today, 10:12

The coalition led by Saudi Arabia in Yemen is responsible for twice as many civilian casualties as all other belligerents together. That said the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Jordanian Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, in Geneva.

Zeid expressed severe criticism of the raid by the coalition on a crowded market in northern Yemen, three days ago, in which 119 people died. Staffers of Zeid visited the bloody site and concluded that there were no military targets in the vicinity which might have legitimized an attack.

‘Crimes’

“Perhaps the members of the coalition have been guilty of international crimes,” said Zeid. He added that the coalition also never makes any effort afterwards to find out whether the attacks were reasonable.

“These terrible mistakes occur with unacceptable regularity,” said Zeid.

His Royal Highness Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein is a Jordanian royal family prince. The Jordanian monarchy are allies of the Saudi monarchy. Maybe if Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein would not have been a prince, then his criticism of Saudi warfare in Yemen might have been even sharper.

More than 80 percent of the Yemeni population is confronting a desperate humanitarian catastrophe as the US-backed Saudi war against Yemen, launched in March 2015 as “Operation Decisive Storm,” enters its second year: here.