SANAA, Governments that choose to intervene in other countries' conflicts frequently claim that they have been forced to do so, but this is almost never true.
In the case of Yemen, the Saudis and their allies launched a military campaign in 2015 that had nothing to do with self-defense. They were not attacked, nor was there much danger that they would be, and the attacks on Saudi territory have been in response to the coalition bombing.
The Saudi spin the coalition's war crimes in Yemen by pretending that they aren't responsible for anything they have done, They criticize us for the casualties in Yemen when it was imposed on us by the Houthis."
On 28 August the United Nations Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen published its second report, which concluded that , the Saudis and their allies are guilty of war crimes, their findings add to the catalogue of evidence showing.
Since 2015, the Saudi and UAE-led Coalition carried out scores of indiscriminate and disproportionate air strikes on civilians and civilians' objects, hitting homes, schools, hospitals, markets, mosques, weddings and funerals.
Amnesty International documented 112 coalition air strikes that appear to have violated international humanitarian law, many of which amount to war crimes. These have resulted in 912 civilian deaths and 899 civilian injured.
These governments intentionally picked the side of a government that had been driven from power, they waged a bombing campaign that has routinely targeted civilian sites, and they imposed a blockade that starves the civilian population of basic necessities.
No one forced them to do these things. None of this was imposed on them.
That is another lie that the Saudi government promotes in an attempt to evade responsibility for what they and their allies have done to Yemen. If the Saudis don't want this war, they have only to stop fighting it and lift the blockade.
They continue to wage the war because they launched it recklessly in the hope of scoring a quick victory and now can't face up to their failure.
On August 25, 2017, a US-manufactured Raytheon Paveway laser-guided bomb struck civilian homes in Yemen's largest city, Sana'a. Five-year old Buthaina was the sole survivor in her family; she lost five siblings aged two to 10 and both her parents.
The Coalition has also used cluster munitions, lethal explosive weapons banned under international law. When launched cluster bombs release dozens � sometimes hundreds � of small bomblets, which often lie unexploded and can cause horrific injuries long after initial attack. Amnesty International has documented the Coalition's use of six different types of cluster munitions, including US, UK, Brazilian-manufactured models in Sana'a, Hajjah, Amran and Sa'ada governorates.
Imprecise weapons are used on daily basis in residential areas, causing civilian causalities such indiscriminate attack violate the laws of war.
Similarly, in May 2018, Amnesty International interviewed 34 civilians who arrived in Sanaa after the clashes displaced them from several villages and towns in Hodeidah governorate. They spoke of terrifying mortar attacks, air strikes, landmines and other dangers amid the new Hodeidah offensive.
The Coalition has imposed restrictions on the entry of essential goods and aid such as food, fuel and medical supplies into Yemen, These restrictions have adversely impacted Yemeni civilians' access to basic and necessary services, including food and clean water. They have severely impacted provision of health care, partly as a result of the lack of availability of fuel to run hospitals. Since the outbreak of the conflict, a consortium of states has supplied members of the Saudi Arabia and UAE-led Coalition with more than $19 billion worth of military equipment. While the main recipient has been Saudi Arabia, Western states have also supplied the UAE with more than $5.5 billion worth of warships, combat aircrafts, tanks, armored vehicles, small arms, light weapons, and associated parts and ammunition.
Despite overwhelming evidence that these arms are being used in war crimes and other serious violations in Yemen, states such as the USA, UK, France and other European countries continue to supply arms to Coalition members, in breach of obligations including the Global Arms Trade Treaty for states parties as well as EU law and domestic laws.
An open source investigation carried out by Amnesty International highlighted the growing danger in Yemen's conflict as the UAE recklessly arms militias with a range of advanced weapons. The investigation shows how the UAE has become a major conduit for armored vehicles, mortar systems, rifles, pistols, and machine guns, which are being illicitly diverted to unaccountable militias accused of war crimes and other serious violations.
Only a handful of countries have stopped selling and transferring weapons to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other Coalition members, including the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Switzerland.
Amnesty International is urging all states to ensure that no party to the conflict in Yemen is supplied � either directly or indirectly � with weapons, munitions, military equipment or technology that could be used in the conflict until they end such serious violations. This also applies to logistical and financial support for such transfers.
That war cannot be honestly defended, and so Saudi and other coalition officials have to tell these lies for the world.
There is nothing remotely just about destroying and starving an entire country, and it is all the more outrageous when there was no legitimate need for the Saudis or any of the other coalition governments to join the war.
Between its indiscriminate bombing campaign and cruel blockade, the Saudi-led war on Yemen violates international law every day.
The Saudis and their allies engaged in illegal practices, including arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance, and torture and other ill-treatment.
Source: Yemen News Agency