Saudi-Led Alliance Using Cluster Bombs

Saudi-Led Alliance Using Cluster BombsSaudi-Led Alliance Using Cluster Bombs

The Human Rights Watch on Sunday published new evidence alleging a Saudi-led coalition is using internationally banned cluster bombs in Yemen, urging it to stop such attacks that were harming civilians.

The US-based watchdog said it documented the use of three types of cluster munitions in Yemen, where Saudi-led warplanes have pounded positions in fight with Houthi forces and allies loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh since March 26.

“The Saudi-led coalition needs to recognize that using banned cluster munitions is very likely to harm civilians,” said HRW’s senior emergencies researcher Ole Solvang, AFP reported.

The organization said the banned munitions had wounded civilians including a child in attacks on northern stronghold of Houthis, pointing out that a HRW team had visited Saada Province this month.

Two of three people wounded in one attack from the air were likely to have been civilians, while the source of ground-fired cluster bombs that wounded four other civilians, including a child, was not determined, HRW said. Both cases took place in an area under attack by the coalition, it added.

Saudi Arabia and the nine Arab members of the coalition are not signatories of the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions that prohibits their use.

According to the World Health Organization, the Yemen conflict since March has killed almost 2,000 people and wounded 8,000, with hundreds of women and children among the casualties.