Amnesty urges the UN to probe Ye­men war crimes

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Rights watchdog Amnesty In­ter­na­tional called Tues­day for a U.N.-com­mis­sioned in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­leged war crimes com­mit­ted dur­ing the Ye­meni con­flict that has killed more than 4,300 peo­ple since March.

In a re­port, Amnesty crit­i­cizes “un­law­ful coali­tion air strikes in densely pop­u­lated residential neigh­bor­hoods” as well as at­tacks in civil­ian ar­eas by rebels and pro-gov­ern­ment forces.

“All the par­ties to this con­flict have dis­played a ruth­less and wan­ton dis­re­gard for the safety of civil­ians,” said Donatella Rovera, se­nior cri­sis re­sponse ad­viser at Amnesty.

“Civil­ians in south­ern Ye­men have found them­selves trapped in a deadly cross­fire be­tween Huthi loy­al­ists and anti-Huthi groups on the ground, while fac­ing the per­sis­tent threat of coali­tion air strikes,” said Rovera.

The re­port speaks of a “grue­some and bloody trail of death and de­struc­tion in (third city) Taez and Aden from un­law­ful at­tacks, which may amount to war crimes, by all par­ties.”

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