HRW: Attack on refugee boat in Yemen likely war crime

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HRW: Attack on refugee boat in Yemen likely war crime

Post by Mustafa on Sun Mar 26, 2017 9:45 pm

An apparent Saudi-led coalition attack on a boat carrying Somali civilians off the coast of Yemen highlights the need for accountability on the second anniversary of the Yemeni armed conflict, Human Rights Watch said today.
Several witnesses reported that on March 16, 2017, a helicopter fired on the boat, killing at least 32 of the 145 Somali migrants and refugees on board and one Yemeni civilian. Another 29, including six children, were wounded, and 10 more remain missing. Photos of the boat taken the next day show the damage consistent with gunfire from an aerial attack.
“The coalition’s apparent firing on a boat filled with fleeing refugees is only the latest likely war crime in Yemen’s two-year-long war, said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. Adding,“Reckless disregard for the lives of civilians has reached a new level of depravity.”

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