UPDATED 7:09 AM PT — Tues. August 28, 2018
The Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in Yemen may amount to war crimes, according to the United Nations.
On Tuesday, human rights experts said western-backed Saudi Arabia and its gulf allies have fired strikes into weddings, school buses and marketplaces — causing heavy civilian casualties.
The coalition is working to restore the internationally recognized government in Yemen, but has been criticized for contributing to the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.
The panel also accused the Houthi rebels fighting the coalition of war crimes by stopping humanitarian aid and committing torture.
The UN is alleging both groups enlisted children ages 11-to-17 into the hostilities.
“Children are the most vulnerable — poverty, coupled with violence and insecurity, render them defenseless and exposed to exploitation and abuse by parties to the conflict,” stated Charles Garraway, member of the Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen,. “Conscripting or enlisting children under the age of 15 or using them to participate actively in hostilities is a war crime.”
The governments listed in the report have yet to respond despite receiving an advanced copy.
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