Rights group says air strikes in Yemen killed 59 civilians

Human Rights Watch says Saudi-led air strikes killed 59 people in Saada, violating international humanitarian law

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

Air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition have killed 59 people in the city of Saada in Yemen, a rights group said on Tuesday.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report it had evidence that the Saudi-led air strikes killed 59 people, including at least 35 children, in Saada during a ceasefire between May 15-16.

The report also said satellite imagery showed air strikes targeted homes and markets.

The air strikes violated “international humanitarian law, also known as the laws of war, and resulted in numerous civilian deaths and injuries,” the report added.

A Saudi-led coalition began launching air strikes against the rebel forces on March 26.


The rebel forces include Houthis and forces loyal to former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The coalition says their aim is to restore President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi to power.

Among the coalition members are Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates, with the UK and US giving logistics and diplomatic support.

The Houthis, who are supported by Iran, seized the capital Sanaa in September, driving the president Abd Rabbu Mansur Hadi out of Yemen to the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

Yemen is the poorest country in the Middle East with over 20 million people in need of aid.

More than 2,800 people have been killed in the past three months, according to the UN.

TRTWorld and agencies