Yemeni children killed by Saudi warplanes

This 14 August 2016 video is called Graphic: Aftermath of Saudi coalition bombing on kids’ religious school in Haydan, Saada, Yemen. 10 killed, 28 injured.

By James Tweedie:

Yemen: Saudis slaughter schoolkids

Monday 15th August 2016

THE Saudi-led Yemen invasion coalition claimed yesterday that children killed when it bombed a school were Houthi rebels.

Al-Alam News Network and Iran’s Tasnim news agency reported that some 50 children were killed on Saturday in air strikes on a school in Haydan in north-western Saada province, which borders Saudi Arabia.

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said it had received 10 dead and 28 wounded at its field hospital. MSF spokeswoman Malak Shahe said that the casualties were all under 15 and the “victims of air strikes on a Koranic school.”

The coalition launched its bombing campaign against Yemen in March last year in a bid to reinstall ousted president Abbed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, and this soon escalated to a ground invasion.

It destroyed the MSF-supported hospital in Haydan in October then went on to bomb another MSF facility in south-western Taiz in December and the Shiara Hospital in the Razeh district of Saada in January.

Four people were killed and 10 injured — including three MSF members — in the January bombing.

Saudi royal air force kills Yemeni schoolchildren

This 14 August 2016 video from the USA is called “Saudi Led” Airstrike On School Kills 10 Children In Yemen (WARNING GRAPHIC)!

Saudi royal air force kills crisp factory workers

This video is called Saudi Arabia committed a new massacre in a snacks factory in Yemen, 09 08 2016.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Yemen: Saudi led coalition bombers kill workers at crisp factory

Wednesday 10th August 2016

THE Saudi-led coalition bombed a crisp factory in Yemen’s capital Sanaa yesterday, killing 16 workers and wounding 10.

The latest terror raid in Riyadh’s campaign to reinstall ousted president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi came just three days after peace talks in Kuwait — a member of the nine-nation coalition — adjourned for a month.

Factory director Abdullah al-Aqel confirmed the death toll. Residents said they saw six charred bodies pulled from the rubble.

Sanaa airport was also targeted, coalition spokesman General Ahmed Assiri said, and all flights were cancelled.

Other attacks hit the towns of Saada, Ibb and Hajja, where three more civilians were reportedly killed.

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.

Our government is facing legal action over its arms sales to Saudi Arabia – and trying to amend what Philip Hammond once said. The government appears to be tinkering with Hammond’s past statements because it could be forced to make public what it has been doing to ensure Saudi Arabia is not using British bombs and planes in alleged war crimes on Yemeni civilians: here.

‘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.