Published: Fri, November 03, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Yemen's Ansarullah Criticizes World Silence on Saudi-Led Coalition Crimes

Yemen's Ansarullah Criticizes World Silence on Saudi-Led Coalition Crimes

The Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen said on the evening of November 1that it is investigating accusations its forces targeted a popular market in northern Yemen's Houthi-held Saada province, allegedly killing at least 29 people, the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The blast leveled the hotel and stalls were reduced to heaps of metal.

The coalition has denied intentionally targeting civilians or infrastructure, but local and global human rights organizations said the Saudis have committed war crimes against the civilians.

Saada province, which borders Saudi Arabia, is a stronghold of the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, who have seized large parts of Yemen, including the capital Sanaa.

The Saudi-led Arab military coalition, which has been fighting against the Shiite rebels to reinstate Yemen's internationally-recognized government, has in the past denied intentionally targeting civilians.

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Worldwide rights groups have accused the coalition of bombing civilian gatherings, markets, hospitals and residential areas across Yemen since the beginning of its air campaign against Houthis in March 2015.

In October, the United Nations blacklisted the coalition for killing civilians and children.

The agency said 9 people were seriously injured in the attack, without giving further details.

Saudi Arabia asked the committee to reconsider the submitted report, and reflect facts that has been ignored asking for the commitment of all involved United Nations organizations, regarding resolution 2216, stressing that United Nations support for the Houthi militias was unjustifiable and unacceptable.

"The U.S. -Saudi coalition committed a massacre on the Souk Al-Lail area, the Night Market area, by launching airstrikes, with 28 also injured", Saba quoted Dr. AbdulElah Ezzi, a local health officials, as saying.

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