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Human Rights Watch Visits Sa’ada, The Houthi Stronghold

National Yemen

A delegation of Human Rights Watch (HRW) has visited Sa’ada province and carried out an inspection of several areas and hospitals and met with a number people wounded by the Saudi-led coalition.

The delegation documented the cases of a number of wounded people, who were likely injured by internationally banned bombs, a local official said.

The international organization stated it had credible evidence indicating that the Saudi-led coalition used banned cluster munitions supplied by the United States in airstrikes against Houthi forces in Yemen.

“Cluster munitions pose long-term dangers to civilians and are prohibited by a 2008 treaty adopted by 116 countries, though not Saudi Arabia, Yemen, or the United States,” the HRW stated in a press release issued on May 03.

Since mid-April 2015, photographs, video, and other evidence have emerged indicating that cluster munitions have been used during recent weeks in coalition airstrikes in Yemen’s northern Sa’ada province. Human Rights Watch has established through analysis of satellite imagery that the weapons appeared to land on a cultivated plateau, within 600 meters of several dozen buildings in four to six village clusters.

“Saudi-led cluster munition airstrikes have been hitting areas near villages, putting local people in danger,” said Steve Goose, arms director at Human Rights Watch.

He underscored that such weapons should never be used under any circumstances.

“Saudi Arabia and other coalition members – and the supplier, the US – are flouting the global standard that rejects cluster munitions because of their long-term threat to civilians,” Mr. Goose said.