US-made bombs used in Saudi strikes on Yemen – Amnesty

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Amnesty International says precision-guided bombs made by the United States that have been used in Saudi-led deadly airstrikes against civilians in war-torn Yemen.

A new report released by the UK-based rights group revealed that the weapons manufactured by US company Raytheon, were used in a June airstrike on Yemen’s southwestern province of Ta’izz that killed six people, including three children.

Amnesty analyzed photographs of the remnants of the weapon dug out from the site of the strike by family members, concluding that the bomb that hit a residential building was a US-made 500 pound (230kg) GBU-12 Paveway II.

“It is unfathomable and unconscionable that the USA continues to feed the conveyor belt of arms flowing into Yemen’s devastating conflict,” said Rasha Mohamed, Amnesty’s Yemen researcher.

The rights group also accused the US, UK and France of complicity in war crimes for supplying arms to the Riyadh regime during the war.

“Arms-supplying states cannot bury their heads in the sand and pretend they do not know of the risks associated with arms transfers to parties to this conflict who have been systematically violating international humanitarian law,” Mohamed said.

According to a report by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict research organization, the Saudi-led war has so far claimed the lives of around 56,000 Yemenis.

The war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The United Nations has already said that a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in dire need of food, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger. According to the world body, Yemen is suffering from the most severe famine in more than 100 years.

In February, the United Nations warned that the Yemen situation is further deteriorating as the Arab country is facing the biggest humanitarian crisis in the world.

 




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