US Accused of Complicity as Illegal Saudi Strikes Kill 300 Yemeni Civilians

Friday, November 27, 2015
By Paul Martin

The US is accused of being complicit in 300 illegal civilian deaths carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, with a new report finding the US’ logistical support for the campaign, along with the sale of UK and French weapons to Saudi Arabia as factors contributing to civilian suffering.

The report from NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the US is “obligated to investigate attacks in which it played a role,” claiming that many air raids carried out by the Saudi-led coalition may have violated international laws.

HRW examined 10 legally contentious airstrikes that killed at least 309 civilians and injured a further 414 between April and August of 2015.

The Saudi-led coalition — which also includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, and Sudan — began its bombing campaign against Houthi rebel groups in March this year. US officials have been assisting the Saudis with airstrike planning and coordination.

2,600 civilians have been killed, with the UN judging that the coalition to be responsible for the majority of deaths.

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