The director-general of the Yemen Executive Mine Action Center [YEMAC] said the Saudi-led coalition has dropped 3,179 cluster bombs on Yemen since the beginning of its aggression against the defenseless Yemeni people in 2015.
Ali Sofra said the civilian casualties of the bombardments, mostly women and children, have exceeded 1,000, and most of them were in agricultural and grazing areas, Iraq’s al-Maloumeh news website reported on Sunday.
Saudi Arabia, accompanied by its allies including the United Arab Emirates [UAE], has been leading a war against Yemen since March 2015 with the aim of bringing the former pro-Riyadh government back to power.
The war has also been accompanied by an all-out siege of the impoverished country. It has killed tens of thousands of Yemenis and turned Yemen into the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
Back in June 2020, Yemen’s Ministry of Human Rights warned that cluster munitions pose a serious danger to the lives of civilians, especially women and children, if they come in close contact with them.
The ministry added that the Saudi-led coalition has used thousands of cluster bombs on residential areas, leaving many civilians dead or injured.
“According to accurate statistics obtained by the center, there are eight types of cluster bombs that have been used in Yemen, which were made by the United States, Britain, and Brazil,” Sofra said.
The cluster bomb attacks concentrated in nine provinces, namely Saada, Hajjah, the capital Sanaa, Hudaydah, Jawf, Amran, Mahweet, Dhamar and Taiz, according to YEMAC’s director.
Relatively, Acting Minister of Human Rights Ali al-Dailami said in remarks on Sunday that the UN impedes cooperation to complete the file of removing the internationally banned cluster bombs.
Al-Dailami said cluster bombs that are used in the war on Yemeni people are part of the internationally prohibited weapons, Yemen Press Agency [YPA] reported.
He also indicated that the Saudi-led coalition countries intentionally bought illegal weapons of unknown sources to escape legal liabilities.
In a tweet early on Monday, Sofra criticized international and human rights organizations for avoiding talking about the fact that there are airstrikes and cluster bombs used against Yemen.
“Any victims of cluster bombs in Yemen are not mentioned in their annual, human rights and humanitarian reports,” he lamented.
The new US administration announced on Wednesday that it has suspended weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which were authorized by former President Donald Trump.
It came a week after President Joe Biden, who has promised to reassess Washington’s relationship with Riyadh, was inaugurated.
The announcement was welcomed by Amnesty International, which called on European countries to follow suit and end weapons exports to the two countries involved in the bloody war on Yemen.
Source: Al-Ahad News