Theresa May discusses 'humanitarian law' with Saudi Arabia and ending Yemen war

Leslie Hanson
September 5, 2017

In a report released on Tuesday, the UN's Human Rights Council (HRC) said that between July 2016 and August 2017, coalition air attacks continued to be the leading cause of civilian casualties, killing at least 933 civilians and injuring 1,423.

The city has faced "unrelenting" shelling in 2 1/2 years of escalated fighting in the impoverished country.

The report commissioned by the U.N. Human Rights Council, which re-convenes next week, also takes stock of the disastrous human rights situation in Yemen over much of the last three years.

"Saudi-led airstrikes have destroyed vital infrastructure, including hospitals and public water systems, hit civilian areas, and displaced people into crowded and insanitary conditions", Jonathan Kennedy, Andrew Harmer and David McCoy, the study's researchers, wrote.

"An worldwide investigation would go a long way in putting on notice the parties to the conflict that the global community is watching and determined to hold to account perpetrators of violations and abuses", Hussein said in the statement. Two members of the Houthi forces were also killed, according to news reports.

Yemen's former president denied any divide within the Houthi armed group, The National has reported.

The United Nations human rights chief, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, has repeatedly pushed for an global investigation into violations in Yemen.

The report found that the governorates most affected by the conflict were Aden, Al-Hudaida, Sanaa and Taiz.

Tuesday's report said a humanitarian crisis gripping the country had 7.3 million people on the edge of starvation, while 18.8 million in total needed humanitarian assistance.

In many cases, it states, information obtained by United Nations officials suggested that civilians "may have been directly targeted, or that operations were conducted heedless of their impact on civilians without regard to the principles of distinction, proportionality and precautions in attack".

"In some cases, information suggested that no actions were taken to mitigate the impact of operations on civilians".

Yemen's internationally recognised government has said its own investigation is sufficient to document abuses in the conflict.

The kingdom has said that hundreds of millions of dollars it pledged to humanitarian programmes have benefited civilians on both sides of Yemen's conflict.

The Saudi-led coalition has imposed an all-out blockade over Yemen.

"I call on all parties to the conflict to cease hostilities and to work robustly towards a negotiated and durable solution, so that the people of Yemen may finally know peace", Al Hussein said.

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