Amnesty urges the UN to probe Yemen war crimes
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.”