Monitor Says 450 Yemeni Civilians Killed in December

Monitor Says 450 Yemeni Civilians Killed in DecemberMonitor Says 450 Yemeni Civilians Killed in December

At least 450 civilians were killed in Yemen during December, according to a new report by a human rights monitor.

The Geneva-based SAM Organization for Right and Liberties, in its report published on Wednesday, said the killings were part of 1,937 violations committed throughout the country in December, including physical assaults, violation to press freedom, torture and arbitrary detention, Al Jazeera reported.

“SAM Organization for Rights and Liberties condemn all crimes included in this report which are considered as gross violations of the international humanitarian law and human rights law,” it added.

Some 279 civilians died as a result of US-backed Saudi Arabia-led coalition air raids, in addition to the 121 killed by Houthi fighters, the report noted.

Saudi Arabia has been at war in Yemen since March 2015, when a coalition led by the oil-rich kingdom launched a campaign of aerial bombardment, aimed at countering Houthi rebels and reinstating the government of fugitive president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

The rights monitor urged the Saudi-led coalition to “avoid targeting civilians and to review its rules of combat in accordance with the international laws and conventions”.

A recent UN report on human rights abuses related to foreign intervention in Yemen documented a number of civilian casualties inflicted by Saudi-led coalition bombing.

The panel examined 10 air attacks in 2017 that killed 157 people and found that the targets included a migrant boat, a motel and five residential buildings, according to a copy of the report shown to Al Jazeera.

“Even if, in some cases, the Saudi-led coalition had targeted legitimate military objectives, the panel finds it highly unlikely that the IHL [International Humanitarian Law] principles of proportionality, and precautions in attack were met,” the report stated.

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