Saudis still using cluster bombs against Yemen: HRW
Iran Press TV
Sun May 31, 2015 10:21AM
Human Rights Watch (HRW) says evidence shows Saudi Arabia has been pounding neighboring Yemen with internationally banned cluster bombs, warning that such attacks are "harming civilians."
In a report released on Sunday after a visit by HRW officials to Yemen's northern province of Sa'ada, the New York-based rights organization said the cluster bombs have targeted civilians and residential areas. The report said three types of cluster bombs have been used in the attacks.
The rights body also posted photos showing remnants of cluster munitions and unexploded submunitions found in several areas, including al-Nushoor and al-Maqash in Sa'ada.
"These weapons can't distinguish military targets from civilians, and their unexploded submunitions threaten civilians, especially children, even long after the fighting," said Ole Solvang, a senior researcher at the emergency division of the HRW.
A Yemeni man from the area of Marran in Sa'ada told the HRW that he was injured in a cluster bomb attack, explaining that the weapon "first explodes in the air, and then explodes many times on the ground."
Solvang, the HRW researcher, further said all sides "need to recognize that using banned cluster munitions is harming civilians."
"Increasing evidence of cluster munition use raises concerns not just for civilians now, but for when the fighting is over," Solvang said.
The report also urged the supporters of the Saudi aggression against Yemen, particularly the United States, to condemn the use of the banned weapons by Riyadh.
On May 3, the rights organization said photographs, video footage, and other evidence have surfaced since mid-April 2015, indicating that cluster munitions have been used in attacks on Sa'ada.
In August 2013, the US Department of Defense agreed to provide Riyadh with 1,300 CBU-105 Sensor Fuzed Weapons manufactured by Textron.
Yemen has been the target of incessant Saudi airstrikes since March 26. The UN says the ongoing conflict in Yemen has claimed the lives of about 2,000 people and has injured in excess of 500,000 others since March 19.
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