Coalition bombing of a Yemeni food factory on August 9

4 bombings of civilians by US-armed Saudi coalition in week after peace talks ended

(Update) August 15 — Bombing of a hospital

And on the eighth day, the coalition bombed a fourth medical facility run by humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders.

At least 11 people were killed, and 19 more were wounded.

That makes five bombings of civilians by the US-armed Saudi coalition in the eight days after the peace talks ended, with 62 civilian deaths and scores of injuries.

(Original)

A coalition of countries led primarily by Saudi Arabia — with weapons, intelligence, and support from the US and UK — has been brutally bombing Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, since March 2015.

In April 2016, a tentative cease-fire was reached, although it was periodically broken. On August 6, the peace talks ended. Immediately the next day, the coalition launched 30 air strikes throughout Yemen.

In the week after the peace talks broke down, the coalition killed at least 51 civilians, carrying out the following four attacks:

August 7 — Bombing of a market

18 civilians killed, including six members of the same family
 Outside Sana’a

August 9 — Bombing of a food factory

14 workers killed, most of whom were women
 In Sana’a

August 13 (1) — Bombing of a school

10 students killed and 28 injured, all between ages 8 and 15
 In Haydan, Sa’ada governorate

August 13 (2) — Bombing of a home

9 members of same family killed, house of school principal Ali Okri bombed, killing his wife, 4 of his children, and 4 other relatives
 In Birken, in Razeh district of Sa’ada governorate

This was a “double-tap” strike, in which the coalition bombed the house twice, killing those trying to rescue survivors.

US-backed, Saudi-led forces have done “triple-tap” strike in the war.

Leading human rights organizations including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have joined the UN in condemning the coalition for carrying out war crimes.

The coalition has dropped widely banned US-made cluster munitions on civilian areas, and has bombed hospitals, schools, neighborhoods, weddings, a refugee camp and even an Oxfam humanitarian aid warehouse.

The UN has repeatedly reported that the US-backed coalition is responsible for approximately two-thirds of civilian casualties.

From 2010 to 2015, the Obama administration did more than $100 billion in arms deals with the extremism-supporting theocratic Saudi absolute monarchy.


Originally published at bennorton.com on August 15, 2016.