Saudi royal air force kills Yemenis again


This video from the USA says about itself:

100+ Yemeni Civilians Killed At Wedding By Saudi Airstrike

29 September 2015

The death toll from an air strike on a wedding party in Yemen has jumped to 131, medics said on Tuesday, in one of the deadliest attacks on civilians in Yemen’s war that drew strong condemnation from the U.N. secretary-general.

As the United States air force kills Syrian civilians, apparently their Saudi allies and colleagues think they should not be idle.

From albawaba news:

Saudi airstrike kills 21 civilians in Yemen

Published July 19th, 2016 – 15:00 GMT

Nearly two dozen civilians have lost their lives and several others sustained injuries in a string of Saudi aerial attacks against several areas across conflict-stricken Yemen.

At least one civilian was killed and another injured on Tuesday, when Saudi warplanes struck two oil tankers parked at a crossing in the al-Salif district of the western Yemeni province of Hudaydah, al-Masirah television network reported. …

The developments came only a day after 20 people were killed and 16 others injured in a Saudi airstrike against the Jabal al-Naar mountainous area in Mukha district.

Yemen has been under airstrikes by Saudi Arabia since March 26, 2015.

‘Saudi Arabian blackmail of United Nations on child killing in Yemen’


This video says about itself:

UN blacklists Saudi-led coalition for ‘killing & maiming’ children in Yemen

3 June 2016

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon slammed the Saudi-led coalition for ‘killing and maiming’ children in Yemen, adding it to an annual blacklist of countries and armed groups that have violated children’s rights in conflict.

Read more here.

That was a few days ago. And now…

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Saudi Arabia blackmailed UN chief about blacklist”

Today, 05:35

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has been blackmailed by allies of Saudi Arabia, diplomats have told Reuters. Ban is said to have been pressured to remove the international coalition led by Saudi Arabia from the list of violators of children’s rights.

The United Nations put the coalition last week on a blacklist, because the countries are said to have killed children in airstrikes in Yemen. The measure was reversed yesterday. This led to much criticism from human rights organizations; who spoke, inter alia, of “political manipulation”.

The UN said that the coalition was removed from the list because there was still an investigation about violations in Yemen. But concerned diplomats told Reuters that Ban Ki-moon has been put under pressure by ministers of Arab countries. “There was blackmail,” said a source who wishes to remain anonymous.

Saudi Arabia is said to have threatened to stop financial support to UN projects and to withdraw aid to the Palestinian territories. …

According to a UN report, the coalition, supported by the United States, is responsible for more than five hundred children killed in Yemen. The countries are said to regularly bomb schools and hospitals.

The UN will not say whether the coalition led by Saudi Arabia will again be put on the list as the investigation of the violations is completed. “We will look at the results and then decide whether we will adjust the list again,” said a spokesperson.

“It appears that political power and diplomatic clout have been allowed to trump the UN’s duty to expose those responsible for the killing and maiming of more than 1,000 of Yemen’s children.”- Sajjad Mohammad Sajid, Oxfam Director in Yemen, Jun 7, 2016. See here.

Why is the United States still backing Saudi Arabia in Yemen? Here.

Saudi monarchy kills Yemeni children, United Nations say


This video is about children in Yemen, injured or killed by the Saudi royal air force.

From Reuters:

U.N. Adds Saudi Coalition To Blacklist For Killing Children In Yemen

The coalition was responsible for 60 percent of child deaths and injuries last year, killing 510 and wounding 667.

06/03/2016 02:43 am ET

MICHELLE NICHOLS

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon slammed the Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting in Yemen for killing and maiming children by adding it to an annual blacklist of states and armed groups that violate children’s rights during conflict.

The coalition was responsible for 60 percent of child deaths and injuries last year, killing 510 and wounding 667, according to Ban’s report released on Thursday, which also said the coalition carried out half the attacks on schools and hospitals.

Also appearing again on the list is al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

The Saudi Arabia mission to the United Nations was not immediately available to comment on the report.

The U.N. report blacklists groups that “engage in the recruitment and use of children, sexual violence against children, the killing and maiming of children, attacks on schools and/or hospitals and attacks or threats of attacks against protected personnel, and the abduction of children.”

The report cited a deadly U.S. air strike on a hospital run by medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres in Kunduz, Afghanistan, although it said the attack was carried out by “international forces” and did not blacklist the United States. …

Government forces in Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Myanmar, South Sudan, Sudan, and Syria were named on the blacklist.

Ban urged the 193 U.N. member states to ensure engagement in hostilities and responses to threats to peace and security comply with international law.

“It is unacceptable that the failure to do so has resulted in numerous violations of children’s rights,” Ban said.

British cluster bombs killing Yemeni children?


This video says about itself:

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.”

Amnesty reject UK denials about cluster bombs sales to Saudi Arabia: here.

British goverment helps Saudis kill Yemeni civilians


This video says about itself:

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.

Britain: Government quietly admits it was wrong to say Saudi Arabia is not targeting civilians or committing war crimes: here.