Human Rights Look Says U. S. Bombs Were Used in Saudi Strike on Yemen

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 6:40 PM

S. bombs were used in Saudi airstrikes on a market in Yemen that killed around one hundred people — including two dozen children — a New York-based human rights grouping said Thursday.

Human Rights Look Says U. S. Bombs Were Used in Saudi Strike on Yemen

U. S. bombs were used in Saudi airstrikes on a market in Yemen that killed around one hundred people — including two dozen children — a New York-based human rights grouping said Thursday.

Human Rights Look said its investigators found remnants of American-supplied parts at the site of the Mar. fifteen bombing.

Secretary of State John Kerry said he didn't have any "solid information" or documentation on what weapons were used in the attack. "There are questions being asked … Whatever weapons are being used, our preference is that all shooting stops," he told Reuters and other reporters.

A Saudi-led coalition backed by the U. S. has been fighting Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen since March latest year. Although the warring parties have agreed to a ceasefire starting Sunday, HRW said the U. S.-backed grouping has "carried out numerous random and disproportionate airstrikes."

The U. N. reported that two bombs hit the market in the northwest town of Mastaba on Mar. fifteen, killing at least ninety-six people, including twenty-four children. United Nations staff who visited the site counted later another ten bodies burned beyond recognition and described the scene as "carnage."

A witness told HRW he saw about ten Houthi fighters among the bodies, and that some of the militants regularly ate and slept around sixty yards from where one bomb detonated.

"One of the deadliest strikes against civilians in Yemen'south year-long war involved US-supplied weapons"

"The only Houthi military presence identified by Human Rights Look during its visit was a checkpoint manned by two or three fighters about two hundred fifty meters N of the market," HRW added.

A day after the attack, Saudi military spokesman Gen. Ahmad al-Assiri said the strike targeted a "a militia gathering," according to HRW.

NBC News was unable to immediately reach the Saudi ministry of defense for comment on Thursday'south report.

HRW said its team conducted on-site investigations on Mar. twenty-eight and found remnants of a satellite-guided bomb whose components were supplied by the U. S.

"One of the deadliest strikes against civilians in Yemen'south year-long 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 Thursday.

"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," she added. HRW called on the U. S., U. K., France and others to "suspend all weapons sales to Saudi Arabia until it curtails its unlawful airstrikes in Yemen."

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