Report: Saudi coalition used US bomb in Yemen market strike

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 12:50 PM

S.-supplied bomb in an airstrike latest mo on a market that killed at least one hundred nineteen people, a human rights grouping said Thursday, further highlighting American involvement in the conflict.

Report: Saudi coalition used US bomb in Yemen market strike

A Saudi-led coalition battling Shiite rebels and their allies in Yemen used a U. S.-supplied bomb in an airstrike latest mo on a market that killed at least one hundred nineteen people, a human rights grouping said Thursday, further highlighting American involvement in the conflict.

The March fifteen bombing targeting the northwestern town of Mastaba marked the second-deadliest airstrike conducted by the Saudi-helmed campaign since it began its war in March two thousand fifteen. Condemned by the United Nations, the strike also wounded at least forty-seven people and left charred bodies lying following to flour sacks and twisted metal.

Human Rights Look said its investigators traveled to the town in Yemen'south Hajja province, controlled by the Shiite rebels known as Houthis, and found fragments of a GBU-31 satellite-guided bomb. The grouping said the bomb, as well as its guidance equipment, was supplied by the U. S., matching an earlier report by British television channel ITV.

"One of the deadliest strikes against civilians in Yemen'south yearlong war involved U. S.-supplied weapons, illustrating tragically why countries should stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia," Priyanka Motaparthy, emergencies researcher at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement. "The U. S. and other coalition allies should send a clear message to Saudi Arabia that they wish number portion in unlawful killings of civilians."

U. S. Secretary of State John Kerry, visiting Bahrain on a ride to the Gulf island nation, declined to comment specifically on the report while speaking to reporters Thursday.

"I don't have any solid information, any documentation with respect to what weapon might've been used," Kerry said.

Kerry said he remained involved in efforts to safe a cease-fire in the war, but criticized Yemen'south internationally recognized president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, for decisions in the "last few hours" that have set back mediation efforts. The American diplomat did not elaborate.

Hadi on Sun fired his vice president and the head of his Cabinet, Khaled Bahah, over what he described as shortcomings in the performance of his government in exile. The Saudi-led coalition that supports Hadi has yet to retake Yemen'south capital, Sanaa, which the Houthis seized in September 2014.

Saudi executive previously said they were investigating the strike, though they previously insisted most of the casualties were Houthi combatants.

The U. S. has backed the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, where suspected American drones continue to target alleged members of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. In November, the U. S. approved a $1.29 billion rearming program for Saudi Arabia, including thousands of similar bombs.

The air campaign waged by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen has been increasingly criticized by human rights activists over civilian deaths. Airstrikes account for sixty % of the 3.200 civilians killed in the conflict, according to the U. N., which has criticized coalition strikes that have hit markets, clinics and hospitals.

The war in Yemen has killed over 6.000 people in total and left more than eighty % of Yemenis in dire necessity of food, water and other aid as a result of the conflict in the Arab world'south poorest country, the U. N. has said.

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Associated Press writer Bradley Klapper in Manama, Bahrain, contributed to this report.

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