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US, UK, France Complicit In Saudi War Crimes in Yemen -AI

US, UK, France Complicit In Saudi War Crimes in Yemen -AI
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By Staff, Agencies

A new report by Amnesty International revealed that precision-guided bombs made by the United States were used in Saudi-led deadly airstrikes against civilians in Yemen, saying that the US, the UK and France, which provide arms to the Riyadh regime, are complicit in war crimes committed by the kingdom during the war.

In a report published on Wednesday, the UK-based rights group said that the ordnance, manufactured by US company Raytheon, were used in a June airstrike on Yemen’s southwestern province of Taiz that killed six people, including three children.

The rights group analyzed photographs of the remnants of the weapon dug out from the site of the strike by family members, concluding that the bomb that hit a residential building was a US-made 230kg GBU-12 Paveway II.

"It is unfathomable and unconscionable that the USA continues to feed the conveyor belt of arms flowing into Yemen's devastating conflict," said Rasha Mohamed, Amnesty's Yemen researcher.

Mohamed lashed out at the US, the UK and France for supplying arms to the Saudi-led coalition, holding them accountable for "human rights violations" and “war crimes” in Yemen.

"Despite the slew of evidence that the Saudi and Emirati-led coalition has time and again committed serious violations of international law, including possible war crimes, the USA and other arms-supplying countries such as the UK and France remain unmoved by the pain and chaos their arms are wreaking on the civilian population," she said.

“Intentionally directing attacks against civilians or civilian objects, disproportionate attacks and indiscriminate attacks that kill or injure civilians are war crimes,” she added.

She said that the Western trio “share responsibility for these violations,” by “knowingly” supplying arms to the Saudi-led coalition.

 “Arms-supplying states cannot bury their heads in the sand and pretend they do not know of the risks associated with arms transfers to parties to this conflict who have been systematically violating international humanitarian law,” she said.

Mohamed further called for a “comprehensive embargo on all weapons that could be used by any of the warring parties in Yemen.”