Saudi-led coalition denies using cluster bombs in Yemen

By AFP
Published: January 10, 2016
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Smoke billows as supporters of exiled Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi clash with Shia Huthi rebels on the outskirts of the Taez province, on May 3, 2015 PHOTO: AFP

Smoke billows as supporters of exiled Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi clash with Shia Huthi rebels on the outskirts of the Taez province, on May 3, 2015 PHOTO: AFP

RIYADH: The Saudi-led coalition bombing rebels in Yemen denied Sunday renewed accusations of dropping cluster bombs in the country after UN chief Ban Ki-moon said their use may be a “war crime”.

The coalition “denies using cluster bombs in Sanaa”, the Yemeni capital, spokesperson Brigadier General Ahmed al Assiri told AFP.

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He was specifically responding to a report issued Thursday by the US-based Human Rights Watch, which quoted residents describing a January 6 attack consistent with airdropped cluster bomb use.

A day later Ban said he had received “troubling reports” of cluster bomb attacks in the rebel-held capital Sanaa.

“I think it’s a very weak report,” Assiri said of HRW’s study. “They didn’t show any evidence.”

He said the watchdog mentioned a type of cluster munition “that doesn’t exist in our stock,” adding that 90 per cent of coalition operations in Sanaa are directed against Scud missile launchers.

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“You cannot use a cluster bomb against Scud launchers,” Assiri said.
There has been widespread international concern about the high numbers of civilian casualties in Yemen.

The Saudi-led coalition has been supporting Yemeni forces since March against the rebels and their allies, who seized territory from the internationally-recognised government.

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  • Stranger
    Jan 10, 2016 - 3:39PM

    Wow cluster / carpet / inter continental bombs / rockets / missiles what not … Wish they showed just 10 % of these intellect in something constructive . Recommend

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