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Yemen Group Says Conduct in Taiz Amounts to War Crimes

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Yemenis shop at a market in the country's third-largest the city of Taez, on April 7, 2016. A new ceasefire enters into effect in Yemen midnight on April 10, 2016, with the United Nations hoping it can be the cornerstone of a long-lasting peace deal at upcoming talks in Kuwait. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-BASHA
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A human rights group in Yemen says the fighting in the southern city of Taiz amounts to war crimes.

Mwatana Organization for Human Rights says in a report Sunday that violations by the warring parties there have killed or wounded hundreds of civilians.

The fighting over Taiz, Yemen’s third largest city, is part of an ongoing civil war pitting the Saudi-backed government against  Houthi rebels and security forces loyal to a former president. A Saudi-led coalition has been bombing the Houthis and their allies since March 2015.

The Houthis have besieged Taiz since March. Taiz residents say more than 1,600 civilians have been killed.

The rights group’s head, Radhya al-Mutawakel, said the violations in Taiz “amount to war crimes.”


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