Saudi coalition air attack kills 12 in Yemen, including seven children

Saudi coalition air attack kills 12 in Yemen, including seven children

Saudi coalition air attack kills 12 in Yemen, including seven children

The coalition repeatedly denies it has committed war crimes in Yemen, and its investigations have been slammed by human rights campaigners as not credible.

In a statement issued late on March 28, the 15-member council - including Russia, China, and top Western powers - said it condemned the missile attacks "in the strongest possible terms" and said they pose a threat to regional security.

The Houthis, who control much of northern Yemen, including the capital, Sanaa, fired seven ballistic missiles into Saudi Arabia on March 26, killing one person.

State-run Al-Ekhbariya television gave no further details but did not report any casualties or damage from the missile.

The alliance, which includes other Muslim states, has conducted thousands of air strikes targeting Houthi fighters and has often hit civilian areas, although it denies ever doing so intentionally.

Hodeidah is home to the impoverished country's biggest port from where most of the humanitarian aid reaches millions of civilians on the brink of starvation.

Yemeni forces regularly fire ballistic missile at positions inside Saudi Arabia in retaliation for the Riyadh-led military campaign on Yemen.

Thus, when the Saudi-led coalition explains that Iran is behind the attacks and that it reserves the right to respond, we should believe them and accept that.

Nonetheless, said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, "the Saudis can't use Houthi rockets to justify impeding lifesaving goods for Yemen's civilian population".

When deliberately or indiscriminately directed toward populated areas or civilian objects, such attacks violate the laws of war.

The Saudi-led coalition, which has been waging a bloody war on Yemen for three years, recently displayed wreckage of what it called fragments of missiles recently fired from Yemen, and claimed forensic analysis showed they were supplied by Iran. The United Nations said that blockade raised the danger of mass starvation.

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