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HRW: U.S.-Backed Strikes in Yemen Appear to Violate International Law

HeadlineDec 22, 2015

Human Rights Watch has also accused the United States of flouting the laws of war by failing to investigate unlawful strikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition targeting Houthi rebels in Yemen. Human Rights Watch says the U.S.-backed coalition carried out at least six apparently unlawful airstrikes in residential areas of the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, in September and October, killing 60 civilians. Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director for Human Rights Watch, said, “How many civilians will die in unlawful airstrikes in Yemen before the coalition and its U.S. ally investigate what went wrong and who is responsible? Their disregard for the safety of civilians is appalling.” Despite a ceasefire, scores of people have been killed in Yemen over the past week. To see our interview with Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous on Yemen, you can go to democracynow.org.

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