Sana’a (GPA) – I was shocked and I couldn’t write anything at first because my heart was broken after receiving these videos and pictures from Sana’a. But I felt it is my duty to write and share such terrifying war crimes by the Saudi-led coalition against children in Yemen. I forced myself to watch this painful video footage which has captured the moment rescuers scrambled to help children trapped under the ruble.
On May 10th, Saudi-led coalition warplanes carried out an airstrike in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a. The attack left Yemeni children trapped under piles of rubble. The warplanes soon returned to carry out a double-tap attack targeting rescue crews entering the scene: a tactic the Saudi-led coalition frequently uses to increase civilian casualties.
A little girl cries for help under tons of concrete and twisted steel asking for water. One of the rescuers asked others not to give her water because she is injured and she is bleeding. Instead, he asked them to give her only little drops of water in her lips. She then screamed, “I am not injured, I only lost my hand.”
Her mother (Wafa Ali Ali Alraissi), father (Abdulrahman Abdo Ali Alraissi), and two sisters (Farah and Soumoud) were all murdered in this attack in addition to the owner of a shop under the house (Abdulsalam Alharazi). Another citizen who owned a restaurant was also murdered by a missile fragment. Four kids from the same family — Amjad, Mohammed, Sayon, and Afnan — were badly injured and remain in the hospital. A truck driver and his passenger also sustained injuries from this incident.
The purely civilian nature of the targets and the number of children and women victims indicate a deliberate violation of the most important principles and rules of war by the Saudi-led coalition: humanity, distinction, and proportionality.
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These crimes are merely an extension of a long series of crimes committed by the Saudi-led coalition against the Yemeni people since the beginning of the military operations on Yemen.
The question remains: how many crimes and how many children will the Saudi-led coalition murder before the countries providing weapons and political support recognize this horror? How many more men, women, and children must die before the international community will recognize these serious violations against human rights and international law in Yemen?
Turning a blind eye to these serious violations of international humanitarian law is a crime in itself and undermining the human rights of Yemenis is undermining the human rights of all citizens of the world.
The videos below are extremely graphic. They depict rescuers pulling a young girl, from the rubble of a house targeted by U.S.-Saudi coalition air attacks.
Photos and video courtesy Ansarullah Media Center.
Abdulsalam Al-Dhahebi is a Swedish citizen from Yemen. He is a human rights activist in Sheba Rights for Democracy and Human Rights. (www.shebarights.org) He is following the Yemeni situation and working on promoting the idea of establishing an international commission of inquiry in Yemen.